Summary of An Imaginative Approach to Teaching

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An Imaginative Approach to Teaching book summary
Excite your students’ imagination and engage their capacity to learn.


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Kieran Egan presents a fascinating, effective overview of the imagination’s central role in learning. He explains how teachers can harness imagination to help students become excited about education and become more effective learners with improved test scores. Egan explains crucial cognitive tools for teachers, and outlines difficulties educators may face in emotionally connecting to and embracing their own imaginations in the teaching environment. getAbstract recommends Egan’s fresh, convincing methods to teachers on every level, to educational administrators, and to anyone interested in becoming a more efficient, receptive learner.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “imaginative approach” to education is;
  • What factors make it effective; and
  • How teachers can identify and utilize the primary cognitive tools that engage students’ imagination, help students learn and lead to higher test scores.


Students and Imagination
The best way to inspire students and get them excited about learning is to engage their imagination. Teachers can use numerous cognitive tools to plan and implement imagination in their daily lessons.

While some teachers may worry that focusing on...
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About the Author

Educational philosopher Kieran Egan is director of the Imaginative Education Research Group, which champions the imaginative-education concept.

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