Category Archives: Imagination

The Wandering Mind: What the Brain does when You’re not looking

If we’ve done our job well—and, let’s be honest, if we’re lucky—you’ll read to the end of this description. Most likely, however, you won’t. Somewhere in the middle of the next paragraph, your mind will wander off. Minds wander. That’s … Continue reading

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Imagining the University

Despite both positive and negative perceptions of the current state of higher education, the contemporary debate over what it is to be a university is limited. Most of all, it is limited imaginatively. The range of imagined options is narrow. … Continue reading

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Imaginary Worldplay as an Indicator of Creative Giftedness

Creative potential in childhood, of a kind bearing fruit in maturity, reveals itself in imaginative play, the most complex of which is the invention of imaginary worlds (paracosms). Worldplay often includes the generation of stories, drawings, etc., that provide evidence … Continue reading

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Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work

The question isn’t “Why are some people creative and others not?” But why isn’t everyone creative? Where and how was this human talent lost? Why doesn’t education foster more creativity instead of less? Why is it that the more expert … Continue reading

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A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change

The twenty-first century is a world in constant change. In A New Culture of Learning, Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire … Continue reading

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Imagination

It’s easy to see Sherlock Holmes as a hard, cold reasoning machine: the epitome of calculating logic. And it’s true. In many ways, the ideal Holmes is almost a precursor to the computer, taking in countless data points as a … Continue reading

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Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy

Advancement in the arts and sciences is a primary driver of economic production and social policy in post-industrial societies. Imagination steps back and asks `what advances the arts and sciences?’ This book explores the collective, social and global dimension of … Continue reading

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Play and Imagination revisited – Lessons from Vygotsky

The concept of childhood play is understood differently by different scholars and educators.  At times they hold opposite views on the nature of play. In Vygotsky’s theory – the concept of play as the leading activity in childhood. “Imagination begins … Continue reading

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Altering the Modality of Instructions to Facilitate Imagination – Interactions between the Modality and Imagination Effects

Read Under some conditions, learning is improved by using a dual mode presentation involving for example, visual diagrams and auditory, rather than written text (modality effect). Under other conditions, learning is improved by asking learners to imagine rather than study … Continue reading

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La réhabilitation de l’imaginaire

Gilbert Durand – La réhabilitation de l’imaginaire   Gilbert Durand est l’un des précurseurs des recherches sur l’imaginaire. Il a forgé des outils pour étudier les configurations d’images propres à des créateurs individuels, des agents sociaux ou des catégories culturelles. … Continue reading

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