How does imagination help us as inquirers? Assuming the value of imagination for inquiry, what should teachers and schools do to help encourage and further develop students' imaginative abilities? These are two questions I have been considering lately, and I have found two excellent sources to help me. I want to share them with you, the reader, first on an individual basis (as they are each worthy of their own review), then together to highlight their common bonds. Mary Catherine Bateson uses Peripheral Visions as an opportunity to reflect on her life and some of the key experiences she had that helped her learn to meet uncertainty through responsible improvision and to develop a habit of reflection. Maxine Greene also writes Releasing the Imagination as a series of essays reflecting on art that she has experienced through the years, especially literary art, which helped her learn to be wide-awake, open, and attending to the world around her.
Thayer-Bacon, Barbara J.
"Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change by Maxine Greene,"
Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 5
, Article 24.
Available at: http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol5/iss1/24