Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers

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Stepping outside of the comfort zone of traditional classroommethodologies, Engaging Imagination enables instructorsacross disciplines to engage students in learning through creativeand innovative approaches and thereby help their students succeed,both in the classroom and beyond. Leading educators Alison Jamesand Stephen Brookfield show that through creative exploration,students can extend their reflective capabilities in a purposefulway, understand their own potential and learning more clearly, andclaim the ...

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Overview

Stepping outside of the comfort zone of traditional classroommethodologies, Engaging Imagination enables instructorsacross disciplines to engage students in learning through creativeand innovative approaches and thereby help their students succeed,both in the classroom and beyond. Leading educators Alison Jamesand Stephen Brookfield show that through creative exploration,students can extend their reflective capabilities in a purposefulway, understand their own potential and learning more clearly, andclaim the freedom to generate and explore new questions that havenot already been asked. Creativity and innovation are now toppriorities employers look for when making hiring decisions, andimportant skills for success in any area of life.

Engaging Imagination guides readers through the threeprimary elements of developing and implementing effective creativeinstruction techniques:

  • Understanding the Role of Imagination in Learning
  • Engaging Imagination: Tools and Techniques
  • Negotiating the Emotional Realities of EngagingImagination

The book draws on multisensory approaches tolearning—visual and verbal, kinesthetic and cognitive, onlineand off-line, solo study and group work, large and small numbers ofstudents—and travels across domains of time and space. Andalthough the book is about practical application, it takes muchmore of a “what if” than a “how to”approach to evoking critical reflection. What if we, asteachers, take more imaginative approaches and integrate them intoour established curricula? What if we, and our students,step outside our comfort zone and do something differently? Whatif we are playful in our approaches to learning?

Engaging Imagination offers a mixture of exercises,activities, theories, positions, approaches, and people. It is atext of different voices: stories, case studies, anecdotes, andproject descriptions. It is a book about questions and assumptions,about dialogue and spaces. With this book, the authors intend toadd to the library of resources on alternative modes of learningand assessment and to link the literature of creativity,imagination, and play explicitly to reflective practice.Engaging Imagination is not about shutting out traditionalapproaches but about extending and adding to them via open-mindedexperimentation and exploration. This is an invaluable resource foreducators at all levels who seek to integrate imaginative learningexercises to help students develop the skills necessary forproductive critical reflection.

Written for teachers at all levels who wish to engage studentsin nurturing creativity and innovation, this book challenges andempowers educators to seek new ways of reaching and inspiring theirstudents and preparing them for the real challenges of thefuture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118409473
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 795,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ALISON JAMES is a Principal Fellow of the HigherEducation Academy in the UK and has worked in creative artseducation for more than two decades. During this time she hastaught students at all levels, run a learning support service,carried out extensive staff development on all aspects of pedagogy,and conducted research into student learning through personal andprofessional development. She has taught, written, and presentednationally and internationally on personal and professionaldevelopment in fashion and the creative industries, emphasizingplay and interactivity in reflective practice. Her publications onthese and other subjects include a monograph, solo and coauthoredbook chapters, and journal articles.

STEPHEN D. BROOKFIELD is the John Ireland Endowed Chairat the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For morethan 40 years, he has taught in England, Canada, Australia, and theUnited States. A six-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award forOutstanding Literature in Adult Education, he is the author ofnumerous books on teaching including Teaching for CriticalThinking (2011), The Skillful Teacher (Second Edition,2006), and Discussion as a Way of Teaching (Second Edition,2005), all from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Authors xxiii

Part 1 Understanding the Role of Imagination in Learning 1

1. How Engaging the Imagination Fosters Reflective Thinking 3

2. Introducing Refl ective Thinking to Students 25

3. Connecting Creativity, Imagination, and Play 47

Part 2 Engaging Imagination Tools and Techniques 67

4. Using Visual Methods of Teaching and Learning 69

5. How Story and Metaphor Provoke Reflective Thinking 93

6. Playing Seriously: Legos and Labyrinths 115

7. Playing with Space: Pods and Patchwork 139

8. Asking Powerful Questions 163

9. Building Reflective Communities: Maps and Mazes 185

Part 3 Negotiating the Emotional Realities of Engaging Imagination 207

10. Keeping Energy and Morale High 209

11. Engaging Our Own Imaginations as Authors 233

References 251

Index 261

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