An Imaginative Approach to Teaching

by Kieran Egan 

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.

Subjects: Education / General, Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General 

Publisher: Wiley
Date: 2005-02-01
Pages: 272
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  1. Sudhir 3 years ago

    Smartphones and other electronic gadgets should not be allowed in the first half of of child’s schooling life that is up to Year 6. Children should be manually taught( that is, writing on pen and paper) the multiplication table up to 12, basic arithmetic principles, spelling, grammar just like the older generation of children were taught. Also children should learn to write short essays and answers using pen and paper, (not on Microsoft Word) before they are in Year 6 or 7.
    They should be encouraged to do public speaking from Year 4 onwards .Children must learn the skill of effectively working in groups in order to complete an assignment given by the teacher.A leader is picked in the group by the teacher and each person in the group is given a task which is part of the main assignment to be completed , In this way, the whole assignment can be completed through equal contribution of all members in the group,

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