Imagination & Creativity in Higher Education: A Manifesto!

In collaboration with Creative Academic we facilitated an open discussion and developed a manifesto to advance thinking about imagination and creativity in learning and educational practices in higher education/post-secondary contexts.

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Steps to a Manifesto for Imagination & Creativity in Higher Education (A)

Encouraging Imagination & Creativity in Higher Education (B)

Take the Walking Curriculum 30-Day Challenge

Playgrounds and schoolyards are underused resources for ecological learning.

The Walking Curriculum challenge begins on April 3, 2019 (National Walking Day). K-12 educators around the globe are committed to taking student learning outside for part of the day–rain or snow or shine–for 30 days.

With The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder And Developing A Sense of Place (K-12) as a resource and guide, outdoor learning will involve engaging students in imagination- and inquiry-focused walks designed to enrich learning of the regular curriculum. Outdoor, walking-based learning fuels cross-curricular activities students then pursue throughout the rest of their day.

This page on the CIRCE website offers you support for joining and successfully completing this challenge. Free resources, information for parents and more. Be sure to check it out!

“The simple act of taking a walk—a walk with a curricular focus or purpose—can have multiple positive consequences. For example, walking can support students’ health and wellbeing. It can also emotionally and imaginatively engage learners by changing the “context” of learning. On a deeper level, a new level of curriculum relevance can emerge for students when learning occurs in real-world contexts. Going even deeper, walking-based practice can support students in developing a sense of Place. … Sense of Place is what can change how our students understand the world of which they are part—it can help them re-imagine their relationship with the natural and cultural communities they live in.”

Join the movement to #getoutside!

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2019 Dialogue Series on Imagination in Research & Teaching

The Possible’s Slow Fuse

The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Our 2019 series offers six stimulating discussions about the nature and role of imagination in research and education, facilitated by scholars from diverse fields in education – arts, indigeneity, technology, teacher education, mathematics, and aesthetics. Join us! Bring your ideas and questions, and share and celebrate learning and discovery together.

To get more information on the entire series and register click HERE. (It’s FREE.)

The FIRST session: Thursday, February 28 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SUR 5080, Faculty of Education, Surrey Campus

Speaker: Dr. Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

The Visceral Imagination

What is the relationship between the body and cultivating a relationship to the imagination?  In other words what would the visceral imagination mean for you?

What would it mean to bring your bodies to teaching, research and practice?  What would it mean to have your imagination infused with all your senses and connected to your teaching and research?

Click here to download a pdf document with information on the series.


Imagination Matters (Ebulletin Feb 2019)

Learn about CIRCE’s events and adventures since Sept 2018. See what events are upcoming. There are many ways to learn and participate with CIRCE–please join our community of imagination advocates!

Ebulletin Contents

  • Welcome Message from Dr. Gillian Judson, Executive Director, CIRCE
  • Upcoming Events
  • Learn More & Participate
  • Study With CIRCE: Graduate Programs at SFU
  • Some of CIRCE’s Recent Events & Adventures
  • CIRCE International:  Italy, Mexico, Chile (Sept 2018-January 2019)
  • Support CIRCE

Read it here on imaginED.

CIRCE STEAM Magazine Now Available

The CIRCE STEAM Magazine is now available! Learn how arts is infusing (and enriching) science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Webinar: IE & Learning In Museums & Cultural Contexts

On February 1, 2019 Dr. Gillian Judson hosted a webinar on Imaginative Education (IE) in the context of Museum Education. She briefly reviewed the nature of cognitive tools and introduced a project she completed for the Smithsonian SITES travelling exhibit on Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey. If you are interested in connecting with other museum educators and exploring Imaginative Education in the context of museums and other cultural contexts please use the contact form here. (We also have a closed group on Facebook–request to join and say you heard about the group on the CIRCE website!)