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An Imaginative Approach to Teaching


reviewed by R. Keith Sawyer 2006

coverTitle: An Imaginative Approach to Teaching
Author(s): Kieran Egan
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 078797157X, Pages: 251, Year: 2005
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Kieran Egan must be an incredible teacher, one of those teachers that we all remember decades later someone whose enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication could make any subject matter come to life.  This book is filled with creative and practical advice that encourages teachers use stories to engage students’ imaginations.  His first example is a lesson to teach primary school students about place value.  The first step is to “find something important and emotionally engaging about the topic” (p. 41).  Regarding place value, he suggests that teachers emphasize its “wonderful ingenuity” (p. 42); after all, it is an amazing human creation.  The second step is to find binary opposites; if ingenuity is the emotionally engaging theme, then the opposition might be between ingenuity and cluelessness, or between imaginativeness and unimaginativeness.  The third step is to organize the content of the lesson in story form—a story that is structured around the binary... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 179-182
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11898, Date Accessed: 7/25/2017 8:38:02 AM

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  • R. Keith Sawyer
    Washington University in St. Louis
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    R. KEITH SAWYER is Associate Professor of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies creativity and collaboration, with a particular focus on improvisational dialogue. His latest books are the forthcoming Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation (Oxford) and The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (Cambridge).
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