Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education
148 pages, 7 x 10
Release Date:01 Jan 2015

Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education

Practical Strategies for Teachers

UBC Press, Pacific Educational Press

Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education illustrates how to connect students to the natural world and encourage them to care about a more sustainable, ecologically secure planet. Cultivating ecological understanding can be more challenging for teachers than simply imparting knowledge of ecological issues; it requires reimagining the human world as part of, not apart from, nature.

Describing the key principles of an approach to teaching called Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE), this book offers a practical guide for all teachers (K–12). It is designed for use with any curriculum to give students opportunities to engage their bodies, emotions, and imaginations in the world around them, thereby making learning meaningful.

…Gillian Judson’s explanations lead you to investigate the world around you further, eventually leaving you with this AHA! moment of how all learning fits together. Editor, Green Teacher
I know of no other ecologically oriented books that have the immediacy that this one has. Its enormous virtue is that it speaks directly to the students and teachers who will use it. Clyde Coreil, Director of the Center for the Imagination in Language Learning, New Jersey City University
Dr. Gillian Judson is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She teaches in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction programs. Her research looks at the role of imagination in leadership, imagination’s role in learning (K-post-secondary), imaginative and ecological teaching practices (PreK through post-secondary), and imaginative assessment in the post-secondary context. She is co-author of Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom. (Egan & Judson, 2016) and author of A Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018/2019).


1 The Rationale for Imaginative Ecological Education

2 Principles of Imaginative Ecological Education

3 Strategies for Engaging Students’ Emotions in Learning – A Study in Weather

4 Strategies for Engaging the Body in Learning – A Study in Weather

5 Place and Sense of Place – Strategies for Connecting Students with the Natural World

6 Using IEE Principles to Support Reading and Writing

7 Site-Specific Tracking and Literacy Activities

8 Developing and Sustaining an IEE Program

Appendix A: Some Guidelines for Mythic and Romantic IEE Planning

Appendix B: Five Steps for Collaboratively Planning IEE Units

Appendix C: Templates for IEE Planning




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