Date of Award
Curriculum and Instruction
Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D.
Andrew R. Goetz, Ph.D.
Creativity, Imagination, Imagine, Innovation
The task of this dissertation is to assess the popular thought of teachers on the topic of imagination and uncover how they incorporate imaginative methods into their current teaching practices. I attempt to ascertain the origination of these current perspectives through an analysis of the imagination from a historical perspective. Through portraiture, a qualitative research tool, I examine how the imagination is currently engaged in an elementary classroom setting. The research questions that guided this inquiry were as follows: 1) What is the intention of teachers who utilize imaginative teaching methods/strategies, 2) what types of instructional practices, activities, and learning environments support the use of student's imagination, and 3) how might teachers in K-12th grade make use of imaginative practices to engage students in learning? In order to answer these questions I investigated the use of imagination by teachers with classroom observations, in-depth interviews of three teachers, and developed themes and stories brought to voice through two focus group interviews.
Shank, Perry S., "The Nature of Imagination in Pedagogy: a Qualitative Study of an Elementary School Setting" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1082.
Received from ProQuest
Perry S. Shank
Education, Educational Philosophy