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lt;b>How to nurture creativity in tomorrow’s innovators—today’s college students
When asked what they want colleges to emphasize most, employers didn’t put science, computing, math, or business management first. According to AAC&U’s 2013 employer survey, 95% of employers give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace. In Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers, two leading educators help college instructors across disciplines engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation for success beyond the classroom. Alison James, an expert in creative arts education, and Stephen D. Brookfield, bestselling author, outline how creative exploration can extend students’ reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, help them understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and imbue students with the freedom to generate and explore new questions.
This book:

  • shows why building creative skills pays dividends in the classroom and in students’ professional lives long after graduation;
  • offers research-based, classroom-tested approaches to cultivating creativity and innovation in the college setting;
  • provides practical tools for incorporating “play” into the college curriculum;
  • draws on recent advances in the corporate sector where creative approaches have been adopted to reinvigorate thinking and problem-solving processes; and
  • includes examples from a variety of disciplines and settings.
Engaging Imagination is for college and university faculty who need to prepare students for the real challenges of tomorrow’s workplace.

Autorentext

ALISON JAMES is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and has worked in creative arts education for more than two decades. During this time she has taught students at all levels, run a learning support service, carried out extensive staff development on all aspects of pedagogy, and conducted research into student learning through personal and professional development. She has taught, written, and presented nationally and internationally on personal and professional development in fashion and the creative industries, emphasizing play and interactivity in reflective practice. Her publications on these and other subjects include a monograph, solo and coauthored book chapters, and journal articles.

STEPHEN D. BROOKFIELD is the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than 40 years, he has taught in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States. A six-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education, he is the author of numerous books on teaching including Teaching for Critical Thinking (2011), The Skillful Teacher (Second Edition, 2006), and Discussion as a Way of Teaching (Second Edition, 2005), all from Jossey-Bass.



Klappentext

Stepping outside of the comfort zone of traditional classroom methodologies, Engaging Imagination enables instructors across disciplines to engage students in learning through creative and innovative approaches and thereby help their students succeed, both in the classroom and beyond. Leading educators Alison James and Stephen Brookfield show that through creative exploration, students can extend their reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and claim the freedom to generate and explore new questions that have not already been asked. Creativity and innovation are now top priorities employers look for when making hiring decisions, and important skills for success in any area of life.

Engaging Imagination guides readers through the three primary elements of developing and implementing effective creative instruction techniques:

  • Understanding the Role of Imagination in Learning
  • Engaging Imagination: Tools and Techniques
  • Negotiating the Emotional Realities of Engaging Imagination

The book draws on multisensory approaches to learningvisual and verbal, kinesthetic and cognitive, online and off-line, solo study and group work, large and small numbers of studentsand travels across domains of time and space. And although the book is about practical application, it takes much more of a "what if" than a "how to" approach to evoking critical reflection. What if we, as teachers, take more imaginative approaches and integrate them into our established curricula? What if we, and our students, step outside our comfort zone and do something differently? What if we are playful in our approaches to learning?

Engaging Imagination offers a mixture of exercises, activities, theories, positions, approaches, and people. It is a text of different voices: stories, case studies, anecdotes, and project descriptions. It is a book about questions and assumptions, about dialogue and spaces. With this book, the authors intend to add to the library of resources on alternative modes of learning and assessment and to link the literature of creativity, imagination, and play explicitly to reflective practice. Engaging Imagination is not about shutting out traditional approaches but about extending and adding to them via open-minded experimentation and exploration. This is an invaluable resource for educators at all levels who seek to integrate imaginative learning exercises to help students develop the skills necessary for productive critical reflection.

Written for teachers at all levels who wish to engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation, this book challenges and empowers educators to seek new ways of reaching and inspiring their students and preparing them for the real challenges of the future.

Zusammenfassung
How to nurture creativity in tomorrow's innovatorstoday's college students

When asked what they want colleges to emphasize most, employers didn't put science, computing, math, or business management first. According to AAC&U's 2013 employer survey, 95% of employers give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace. In Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers, two leading educators help college instructors across disciplines engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation for success beyond the classroom. Alison James, an expert in creative arts education, and Stephen D. Brookfield, bestselling author, outline how creative exploration can extend students' reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, help them understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and imbue students with the freedom to generate and explore new questions.

This book:

  • shows why building creative skills pays dividends in the classroom and in students' professional lives long after graduation;
  • offers research-based, classroom-tested approaches to cultivating creativity and innovation in the college setting;
  • provides practical tools for incorporating play into the college curriculum;
  • draws on recent advances in the corporate sector where creative approaches have been adopted to reinvigorate thinking and problem-solving processes; and
  • includes examples from a variety of disciplines and settings.
Engaging Imagination is for college and university faculty who need to prepare students for the real challenges of tomorrow's workplace.

Inhalt

List of Figures ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Authors xxiii

Part 1 Understanding the Role of Imagination in Learning 1

1. How Engaging the Imagination Fosters Reflective Thinking 3

2. Introducing Reflective Thinking to Students 25

3. Connecting Creativity, Imagination, and Play 47

Part 2 Engaging Imagination Tools and Techniques 67

4. Using Visual Methods of Teaching and Learning 69

5. How Story and Metaphor Provoke Reflective Thinking 93

6. Playing Seriously: Legos and Labyrinths 115

7. Playing with Space: Pods and Patchwork 139

8. Asking Powerful Questions 163

9. Building Reflective Communities: Maps and Mazes 185

Part 3 Negotiating the Emotional Realities of Engaging Imagination 207

10. Keeping Energy and Morale High 209

11. Engaging Our Own Imaginations as Authors 233

References 251

Index 261

Produktinformationen

Titel: Engaging Imagination
Untertitel: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers
Autor:
EAN: 9781118836118
ISBN: 978-1-118-83611-8
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Jossey-Bass
Genre: Bildungswesen
Anzahl Seiten: 304
Veröffentlichung: 11.03.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.7 MB