NEWEST Publication by Dr Annabella Cant

This book is dedicated to educators, teachers, parents, and students that believe in the immense complexity of young children. The book augments Egan’s Imaginative Education theory, with an emphasis on the Somatic Understanding, and its flow into the Mythic Understanding.

“This original and stimulating book will make anyone reconsider what they think they know about early childhood education. Annabella Cant uses her own experience, as an individual and teacher, to bring vividly to life the experience of childhood and to show how we might better engage the imaginations of children in learning. The book outlines a new approach that challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions of present educational practice.” Kieran Egan Ph.D.

Unswaddling Pedagogy is a pedagogy that welcomes and releases the creativity, imagination, and all other meaning making qualities and capacities of young children. My intention is to address pedagogy as a way of being present with the child. Through my work, I am hoping to inspire teachers to be with young children in ways that would literally free everyone and everything involved in the relationship from activities, actions, experiences, and events that would restrict rather than encourage and guide children’s imaginative and creative ways of making meaning of the world.

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View IERG Newsletter March 2017

Welcome to our 1st newsletter of 2017!

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter March 2017

IERG News & Updates October 2016

Welcome to our 2nd newsletter of 2016!

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter October 2016

Dr. Kieran Egan: 2016 Cmolik Prize winner

2016 Cmolik Prize winner engages students' imaginations

2016 Cmolik Prize winner engages students’ imaginations

The Faculty of Education has awarded this year’s $50,000 Cmolik Prize to Dr. Kieran Egan whose “imaginative education” initiatives benefit students and teachers around the world.

The Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in BC recognizes recipients who have developed and implemented an invention, innovation, concept, process or procedure that enhances educational practice in the K-12 public school system in BC.

After Egan became a Canada Research Chair in 2000 for his work on imaginative education, he founded the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG) to introduce new theories, principles, and practical techniques for making education more effective and more engaging for students and teachers.

“Students learn better when their emotions and imaginations are engaged,”  Egan says. “It seems dead obvious, but at the same time it’s too much ignored.”

IERG trains teachers to bring learning to life outside of textbooks. One of their programs, Learning in Depth, has students learning about one topic that interests them throughout their entire school career, K-12. Students become an expert in that topic, which feeds their imagination and promotes an understanding of the nature of knowledge.

The IERG trains schoolteachers to bring the content of the curriculum to meaningful life in the students’ minds. One such program, Learning in Depth (LiD), has students spend some time each week learning about a single topic throughout their entire school career, k-12. Students become expert in their topic, which feeds their imagination and promotes an understanding of the nature of knowledge. Most students take to LiD with great enthusiasm.

Egan says much of the prize will go toward hiring facilitators to further develop IERG programs and make them accessible to teachers.

Dozens of different countries currently implement IERG programs, and hundreds of B.C. school experience it through the work of teachers who have learned to engage their students’ imaginations and emotions in the content of the curriculum.

The award was endowed to the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University by Russ and Ellen Cmolik.

“The genius of Egan’s Imaginative Education, and the specific application of Learning in Depth, is that it provides a means by which every student becomes an expert in at least one topic, and through this process, their creativity and imagination are unleashed in remarkable ways,” says Kris Magnusson, SFU’s dean of education.

“Learning in Depth may very well be one of the most important educational innovations of the last half century, and could be the mechanism by which the potential of 21st Century Learning can be realized.”

IERG News & Updates March 2016

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2016!

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter March 2016

An artistic view on the IERG Summer conference 2015

Education of the Imagination
… according to me
By Patrick Reynolds

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Keynote presentation By Annabella Cant

Annabella Cant iPad drawing

Keynote presentation By Bob & Sheri Dunton

Bob and Sheri Dunton Ipad drawing

David Futter

David Futter iPad drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Ames

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Dan Laitch & Annabella Cant

Dan Leitch and Annabella Cant iPad drawing

IERG News & Updates December 2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the 5th this year.

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter December 2015

Dr. Laurie Anderson in Chile

Dr. Laurie Anderson is an Associate Director of the IERG and delivered a keynote address on “Using our Imaginations” at a conference on Changes and Innovation in Education at the University of Finis Terra in Santiago, Chile. Laurie is also the Executive Director of the Simon Fraser University Vancouver campus. His outstanding work in Chile helped in furthering the IERG’s increasingly expanding relationships with many educators in Chile, both in schools and universities.

Laurie spoke on:

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The aim of his keynote speech and other talks to teachers and principals was to provide teachers with the rationale and the leadership strategies and ideas they need to address the evolving learning needs of their students, and to provide principals with the knowledge, sensitivities, and skills to manage the transition to enriched learning. He presented these needed changes as part of the journey towards implementing imaginative education as the pedagogical framework in schools.

He assures us that his time was not all spent on delivering keynote speeches and consulting with groups of principals, discussing how change and innovation can be managed successfully from the principals’ perspective. He did himself manage to enjoy other contributions of Chile to world culture:

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Laurie says: “I want to reassure all ierg devotees that my mission was to extol the pedagogical virtues of imaginative education writ large, not to attempt to a granular exposition (a task more suited to others more qualified). I was exploring the challenges of leadership at the teacher and principal level: the myths of reform (reliance on testing, technology, the accountability movement) and the value of building strong efficacious relationships between and among teachers, principals, students and the parent community. As those of you familiar with the ierg foundation established at the Universidad Finis Terrae, there is a strong appetite to develop even stronger, sustainable links with SFU in this area.”

Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive tools for the classroom

A new introduction to Imaginative Education, written by Kieran Egan & Gillian Judson. Due to be published soon by Teachers College Press.

Book Cover Kieran and GillianStudents’ imaginations are often considered as something that might be engaged after the hard work of learning has been done. Countering such beliefs, Egan and Judson show that the imagination—one of the great workhorses of learning—can be used to make all learning and all teaching more effective. Through techniques that any teacher can learn and easily apply in any classroom, they demonstrate how and why imagination can be used across the curriculum and grade levels to make teaching and learning more interesting, engaging, and pleasurable for all. Teachers who use these techniques will discover the emotions, images, stories, metaphors, sense of wonder, heroic narratives, and other cognitive tools that can bring life and energy to their classroom. This practical handbook will help teachers learn how to use these enlivening techniques in their daily practice to stimulate students’ intellectual activity and growth.

Book Features:

  • A comprehensive description of imagination’s role in thinking and learning.
  • Field-tested teaching strategies for the K–12 classroom.
  • Cross-curricular examples showing IE making a real difference for teachers and students.
  • A “cognitive toolkit” to spur active learning and meaningful interaction.

Kieran Egan is a professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. His books include Whole School Projects: Engaging Imaginations Through Interdisciplinary Inquiry. He is a winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Education.

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.

December 2015/160 pp./$37.95/ISBN: 978-0-8077-5712-3

IERG News & Updates September 2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the 4th this year.

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter September 2015