Using & Cultivating Imagination
April 15-21st 2018
#creativeHE Google+ Forum
We believe the ability to imagine – to envision the possible – lies at the core of being human and living a fulfilling life. It is also essential to being an effective and creative parent, teacher or any other practitioner.
This #CreativeHE conversation, during World Creativity and Innovation Week, will explore some of the ways imagination features in our lives and how educators can encourage and enable learners to use and develop their imaginations.
Through the conversation we are seeking to gain a better understanding of what using imagination means to participants in educational, work and other settings, and how they stimulate and cultivate their own imaginations and the imaginations of others.
From the perspective of educators, teachers and professional developers we seek imaginative examples of how they use and develop their own imaginations, how they engage learners and/or peers, and how they practice imaginative pedagogy.
1 Why is your imagination important to you? What concepts of imagination do you hold and how are these concepts useful and relevant in your everyday life? (We need to establish why this topic is worth discussing. We are hoping for some practical illustrations that connect the abstract to the concrete. We can provide some background reading on concepts).
2 What is the role of imagination in your discipline or area of work? How do you use your imagination in your practice? (We are hoping for some practical illustrations that connect the idea of imagination to the concrete imaginings and doings of people. We welcome visual representations of what using imagination means in your everyday practice).
3 Imagination Challenge. Sometimes we need to change our contexts (eg actual locations, ways of engaging, practicing or thinking) to get our imaginations going; we need to purposefully step outside of our typical practices to more easily envision new possibilities and alternative perspectives.
The goal of this challenge is to stimulate the imagination of someone else and the challenge requires you to literally (and figuratively) get outside. We want you to take a walk with wonder and curiosity with something in mind that you teach or you might help someone else learn
If you are a teacher or educational developer seek the affordances for teaching/learning this topic outside. What imaginative task or activity might your students do while outside (walking or in stillness) that could enhance their imaginative engagement and meaning-making and enable their creativity to flourish.
Alternatively, perhaps you are a parent/guardian or grandparent, or an auntie or uncle, seek the affordances for teaching/learning something outside. What imaginative task or activity might your son/daughter, grandchild, nephew/niece do while outside that could enhance their imaginative engagement and enable their creativity to flourish.
If neither of these scenario’s works for you, perhaps you can imagine a scenario in which you engage the imaginations of some friends while out on a walk.
4 In your practice as an educator, teacher or professional developer what types of activities stimulate the imaginations of the people you teach or help to learn and why and how do such activities engage people in this way? (We welcome specific illustrations drawn from your own experience. In the discussion we might draw out the characteristics of such activities and practices?)
5 In your practice as an educator, teacher or professional developer how do you show that you value the imaginations of the people you teach or help to learn? How does imagination feature in your assessments of learning and achievement? (We welcome specific illustrations drawn from your own experience).
6 Imagination Challenge: Sharing & Dialogue. Today please share with our group how you responded to our imaginative challenge! If possible include some images or a narrative that indicates how changing the context for learning—moving outside your typical teaching space—sparked imaginative ideas for engaging your students, or members of your family or friends, in learning.
On behalf of Gillian Judson and Norman Jackson