Engaging Imagination. Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers

  • ID: 2708474
  • Book
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise forEngaging Imagination"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 ofBuilding 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
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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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ALISON JAMES is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and has worked in creative arts education for more than two decades. During this time she has taught 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 and professional development. She has taught, written, and presented nationally and internationally on personal and professional development in fashion and the creative industries, emphasizing play and interactivity in reflective practice. Her publications on these and other subjects include a monograph, solo and coauthored book chapters, and journal articles.

STEPHEN D. BROOKFIELD is the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than 40 years, he has taught in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States. A six–time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education, he is the author of numerous books on teaching including Teaching for Critical Thinking (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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