Education Research Reading Room on Imaginitive Education

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Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre (Meeting Room 2)

251 Faraday Street

Carlton, VIC 3053


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Find and listen to all past ERRR Podcast episodes here, and see who we'll be having on for future episodes here

Introduction: Imaginitive Education

NOTE: This ERRR is held at a different time to our usual events. This is due to the fact that our guests will be skyping in from Canada.

Imaginative Education is an approach to teaching and learning that aims to powerfully employ narrative, imagery, humour, movement, emotions, extremes and awe-inspiring occurrences in order to capture the minds of students and enhance learning. For this episode we're lucky enough to have the creator of Imaginative Education with us (Prof. Kieran Egan), along with the founder of ImaginEd (Dr. Gillian Judson), and two teachers who are currently using IE, to explore the ins and outs of this exciting new field of educational exploration.

The first article to stimulate discussion (download here) details how IE can be applied to the topic of second language learning. It explores how teachers can build upon the 'cognitive tools' and learning 'toolkits' that human beings develop as they grow up and, through connecting emotion and imagination with knowledge, activate these innate tools and bring second language learning to life.

To compliment this first article our authors have also nominated two of their blog posts Put Engagement First: Think Differently About Your Students (view here) and 4 Reasons Why “Relevance” Can Limit Student Engagement (view here) to help attendees to broaden their understandings of what imaginative education is, and why many think it hold much promise for educators.

Additionally, attendees may like to watch Gillian Judson's TED talk here.

If you're interested in exploring a greater range of imaginative pedagogical tools in your classroom, this ERRR episode is for your.

Key info:

  • Read & Think: Follow the three links above to find the three articles that will form the basis for our group discussion. It's ideal for attendees to read these articles prior to the event and to come along with any questions that they may have for our authors and teachers.

  • When? Atttendees to arrive at 10:30am. This will leave 30 minutes to share questions and loosely plan the interview together prior to our guests joining us via skype at 11am.

  • Where? Meeting room 2, Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday st, Carlton, 3053 (map)

Our guest this month

Gillian Judson is a member of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and co-directs the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG). Her research, writing, and teaching are primarily concerned with the role of imagination in all learning.

Kieran Egan is an emeritus professor of the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University. His academic interests have been in how we, as a species and individually, have come to make sense of our experience and the world around us. One aspect of this endless and hopeless task has been a recognition that the imagination plays a crucial role in both these, related, processes, and he has explored some features of this role with regard to current forms of education.

Christa Rawlings is a Grade 6 teacher at KB Woodward Elementary School in Surrey, BC. She has been implementing Imaginative Education in her classroom for several years and runs the LiD program at her school.

Clayton Stephens is a Grade 4 teacher in B.C., Canada. He recently graduated from the Imaginative Education Masters program at Simon Fraser University. He is a mentor in the online Graduate Certificate program in Imaginative Education.

What is the ERRR?

The Education Research Reading Room brings together passionate teachers and educators with inspiring education thought leaders. Each month we contact a prominent figure in the education landscape and ask them ‘If every teacher and educator in the world could spend an hour reading your work, what would you want them to read?’

Attendees then read this piece in preparation for a live event with the author to discuss and explore the topic in more depth. The subsequent conversation becomes the Education Research Reading Room (ERRR) Podcast.

Find and listen to all past ERRR Podcast episodes here, and see who we'll be having on for future episodes here.

The ERRR is free of charge and open to all. Numbers are capped to ensure that it stays as a conversation rather than a lecture. Preference will be given to those who sign up first and those of minority or oppressed groups.*

We hope to see you in the ERRR!

A quick note on the podcast: Following the ERRR live event the recording will be edited prior to release of the podcast. This means that if anyone makes a comment that they wouldn't like to be on the podcast, they can just indicate this and said comment will be omitted from the final product. If you don't feel confident speaking into the mic during the event please don't let that deter you from coming along. All are welcome whether they'd like to actively participate or just sit back and enjoy the conversation.

This event will be held on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

To see a guest list and associated research papers for upcoming ERRR events, go to

*If you are a member of a minority or oppressed group and, at the time of booking, it is indicated to you that the event is full, please send a direct email to Ollie at Spaces are reserved for this purpose.

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