Imaginative Approach to Teaching

ISBN-10: 078797157X
ISBN-13: 9780787971571
Edition: 2005
Authors: Kieran Egan
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Description: In this book, award-winning educator Kieran Egan shows how we can transform the experience of K-12 students and help them become more knowledgeable and more creative in their thinking. At the core of this transformative process is imagination which  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In this book, award-winning educator Kieran Egan shows how we can transform the experience of K-12 students and help them become more knowledgeable and more creative in their thinking. At the core of this transformative process is imagination which can become the heart of effective learning if it is tied to education's central tasks. An Imaginative Approach to Teaching is a groundbreaking book that offers an understanding of how students' imaginations work in learning and shows how the acquisition of cognitive tools drives students' educational development. This approach is unique in that it engages both the imagination and emotions. The author clearly demonstrates how knowledge comes to life in students' minds if it is introduced in the context of human hopes, fears, and passions. To facilitate this new educational approach, the book includes a wide variety of effective teaching tools - such as story, rhythm, play, opposition, agency, and meta-narrative understanding - that value and build upon the way children understand their experiences. Most important, Egan provides frameworks for lesson planning and more than a dozen sample lessons to show how teachers can use these tools to awaken intelligence and imagination in the classroom.

Kieran Egan, originally from Clonmel, Ireland, has published sixteen academic books. He holds two Ph.D.s in education, from Stanford & Cornell. He is a professor at Simon Fraser University & lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Imagination Underfoot
A Tool Kit for Learning
Story, Metaphor, Binary opposites, Rhyme, rhythm, and pattern, Jokes and humor, Mental imagery, Gossip, Play, Mystery, Embryonic tools of literacy
Examples in Everyday Classrooms
A Tool Kit for Literacy
Sense of reality, Extremes of experience and limits of reality, Association with heroes, Sense of wonder, Collections and hobbies, Knowledge and human meaning, Narrative understanding, Revolt and idealism, Changing the context, Literate eye, Embryonic tools of theoretic thinking
Examples in Everyday Classrooms
A Tool Kit for Theoretic Thinking
Sense of abstract reality, Sense of agency, Grasp of general ideas and their anomalies, Search for authority and truth, Meta-narrative understanding
Examples in Everyday Classrooms
Conclusion: Imagination Every Day
Glossary
Mythic Framework
Romantic Framework
Philosophic Framework
Bibliography
The Author
Index

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