Centralizing Imagination in Museum Curriculum Design: A Black Odyssey

By Gillian Judson (Executive Director, Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education, CIRCE [pronounced sur-see]) In 2013 I employed the principles of Imaginative Education (IE) to design a curriculum guide for the Smithsonian Institution’s travelling exhibit Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey. The curriculum guide I created uses the cognitive tools of Imaginative Education to engage students […]

Story, Timelines and History Teaching in the Early Primary Years

By Kate Charette (Educator & PhD Candidate, University of New Brunswick) I first learned about Imaginative Education (IE) as an elementary school teacher doing my Masters degree. In the evenings after teaching my kindergarteners I would read about engaging students’ imaginations by shaping the curriculum as an exciting story much like a journalist would, rather […]

CIRCE STEAM Magazine Now Available

We are pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of CIRCE Magazine! Science is highly conceptual, and learning it effectively requires interconnecting fuzzy concepts such as atoms, forces, molecules, DNA, electric fields, ions, electromagnetic radiation, radicals, electrons, and photons. Although brilliant minds have undoubtedly used their artistic talents and been inspired by art […]

Imagination Unleashed At Fraser Heights Secondary School

By Hannah Kazemi (Grade 12 student at Fraser Heights Secondary School, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Imagine dancers, artists, bakers and chefs, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Imagine hundreds of students, with their passions laid out in front of them. Imagine entering a high school, immediately welcomed by the smell of popcorn in the air, billowing red curtains marking […]

Learning Environments Research: Context Matters

Learning Environment Research (LER) acknowledges that learning takes places within the social realm and that social conditions contribute to the quality of both learning and student experience. Have you heard of the #starbucksmyclassroom initiative?  When I first came across this hashtag on Twitter back in 2017, it wasn’t a ploy to get corporate funding in […]