Dr. Gillian Judson is Executive Director of the Centre For Imagination In Research, Culture and Education (CIRCE) at Simon Fraser University. She teaches for Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and supervises Graduate Programs in Imaginative Education. Her published work and teaching show how we can routinely engage students’ imaginations (pre-K through graduate school) to ensure effective learning across the curriculum. Her research interests also include educational program design, online learning, educational change, educational leadership, and Museum education. She is particularly interested in sustainability and how an imaginative and ecologically sensitive approach to education can lead to a sophisticated ecological consciousness. Her recent books include A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder & Developing Sense of Place K-12 (KDP, 2018), Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies For Teaching (UBC Press, 2015), and Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom (Teachers’ College Press, 2015).
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Areas Of Expertise & Research:
The Imagination’s Role In Teaching & Learning (PreK-Higher Education)
Imaginative Education (circesfu.ca): A Cognitive Tools Approach To Teaching (PreK-Higher Education)
Imaginative Ecological Education/Imagination’s Role In Place-Based Education (ierg.ca/IEE)
Pedagogy For Place-Making & Activeness: Engaging The Body In Local Natural/Cultural Contexts
Inquiry-Based Learning: The Learning In Depth Program
The Imagination’s Role In Educational Leadership
Program Design & OnLine Learning
Teaching & Consulting Experience
100+ conference presentations/workshops worldwide
Georgia Leadership Institute For School Improvement (Atlanta, Georgia)
Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C., Canada)
Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.)
Yorkville University (Fredericton, N.B., Canada)
Bank Street College of Education (New York, New York, USA)
University Gabriel Minstrel & University Finis Terrae (Santiago, Chile)
University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
K-12 Teaching, BC College of Teachers: Social Studies 8-10, Core French 8-12, Sciences Humaines 8-10
September 14, 2018
Manitoba Nature Summit, Winnipeg, MB. Keynote Presentation: #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard Featured Workshop: Engaging With The Wonders Of Nature: Developing Sense of Place Through Imaginative Ecological Education.
September 21, 2018
Coquitlam School District, Miller Park Community School. Workshop: Engaging Imagination Through In-Deth Study: The Why & What of The Learning In Depth Program.
September 24, 2018
Surrey School District, F.D. Sinclair Elementary School. Workshop: #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard.
October 4/5, 2018
InspirED Conference, Abbotsford Christian School, Abbotsford, B.C. Workshop: Practices In Imaginative Assessment & Evaluation of Student Learning.
October 19, 2018
Imaginative Education Research Group Conference, Burnaby, B.C. Featured Workshops: 1)Special Topics in Imaginative Education: Mental Imagery; 2) The Walking Curriculum: Introducing Imaginative Ecological Education; 3) Practice With Imaginative Education: A Collaborative Workshop.
November 4, 2018
Parliament On The World’s Religions, Toronto, ON. Collaborative Workshop Presentation/Panel: Cognitive Tools For Emotional And Imaginative Engagement In Eco-Learning: The Story And The Body.
Engaging imagination in ecological education: Practical strategies for teaching.
Judson, G. (2015)
Wonder-Full education: The centrality of wonder in teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Cant, A., Egan, K. & Judson, G. (Eds.) (2013)
A New approach to ecological education: Engaging students’ imaginations in their world.
Judson, G. (2010).
Whole School Projects: Engaging imaginations through interdisciplinary inquiry.
Egan, K. (With Dunton, B. & Judson, G.) (2014).
Teaching 360°: Effective learning through the imagination.
Judson, G. (Ed.) (2008).