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Engaging Imagination and Developing Creativity in Education (2nd Edition)

Editor(s): Kieran Egan, Gillian Judson, Krystina Madej
Contributors: Tim Waddington, Colin Sommerville, Kym Stewart, Yakir Shoshani, Marlene N. Roseboom, Qingyu Pan, Stefan Popenici,

Book Description

Imagination is the source of creativity and invention. This volume of essays has been collected expressly to bring readers new ideas about imagination and creativity in education that will both stimulate discussion and debate, and also contribute practical ideas for how to infuse daily classrooms with imaginative activities.

Researchers and educators around the world have taken up the discussion about the importance of imagination and creativity in education. This global relevance is represented here by writings from authors from Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Italy, Israel, Japan, and Romania. In the first part of the book, these authors explore and discuss theories of development, imagination, and creativity. In the second part, they extend these theories to broader social issues, including responsible citizenship, gender, and special needs education, and to new approaches to teaching curriculum subjects such as literacy, science, and mathematics, as well as to the educational environment of the museum.

Since the first edition of this book, Imaginative Education (IE) has developed increasingly accessible strategies for teachers to routinely engage imagination in everyday practice. New essays for the second edition include discussions about increasing political consciousness, improving teacher education, and using mathematical evaluation in Part I, and phenomenological approaches to media education in Part II.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7736-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7736-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2015
Pages / Size: 310 / A5
Price: £29.99


Kieran Egan is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is the author of The Educated Mind: How cognitive tools shape our understanding (University of Chicago Press). He is also the author of Learning in Depth: A simple innovation that can transform schooling (University of Chicago Press), and a contributor to the LiD website (

Gillian Judson is one of the Directors of the Imaginative Education Research Group (, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her published work and teaching show how students’ imaginations (pre-K through graduate school) can be routinely engaged to ensure effective learning across the curriculum. She is particularly interested in how an imaginative and ecologically sensitive approach to education can lead to a sophisticated ecological consciousness.

Krystina Madej is Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, and Visiting Professor at the Center for Digital Media, Vancouver, Canada. Her current work looks at the nature of children’s somatic engagement with narrative rhymes in which characteristics of their interaction in traditional oral and print media are contrasted with their interaction in digital media.