"This is an absolutely delightful book: perceptive, entertaining, and wise, yet also immensely practical. If you want your students to grow, in your hands, as creative thinkers, read this and get them to read it, too."
Guy Claxton, author of
Building Learning Power and
What s the Point of School?
"Alison James and Stephen Brookfield are wonderfully inventive guides to using creativity and play in helping students to reflect and become better learners."
David Gauntlett, professor of media and communications, University of Westminster
"An immensely valuable, practical, and inspiring resource for anyone interested in helping students use and develop their creativity."
Norman Jackson, founder of Lifewide Education; professor emeritus, University of Surrey
List of Figures ix
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