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
February 19, 2019
Capilano University, North Vancouver, B.C., Co-Facilitator: Dialogue on Imagination in Teaching & Research.
February 22, 2019
Kelowna School District, ProD Day. Featured Workshops: A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder & Developing A Sense of Place (K-12).
March 8, 2019
City Of New Westminster, Advancing Women In STEAM Conference, New WestMinister. Keynote: Emotion At The Helm.
April 18/19, 2019
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Consultations/Featured Workshop: Imagination Matters: Engaging Emotion In Post-Secondary Education With Cognitive Tools.
May 3, 2019
Delta, B.C., Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN) 6thAnnual Conference and Members’ Symposium. Workshop: Practicing Imaginative Assessment & Evaluation of Student Learning.
June 1-5, 2019
Vancouver, B.C., Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference. Paper Presentation: Engaging Imagination In Place-Based Education: Teaching As Weaving.
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).