How Learning Works



Authors: Alison James and Stephen D. Brookfield


Karen Acree


Reading Circle Dates:

Thursday, October 1 - Chapter 1 Thursday, February 4 - Chapter 6 & 7
ThursdayNovember 5 - Chapter 2 & 3 Thursday, March 3 - Chapter 8
Thursday December 3- Chapter 4
Thursday, April 7 - Chapter 9 & 10
Thursday, January 7 - Chapter 5
Thursday, May 5 - Chapter 11

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Center for Teaching Excellence
Room 1624

About the Book:

Stepping outside of the comfort zone of traditional classroom methodologies, Engaging Imagination enables instructors across disciplines to engage students in learning through creative and innovative approaches and thereby help their students succeed, both in the classroom and beyond. Leading educators Alison James and Stephen Brookfield show that through creative exploration, students can extend their reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and claim the freedom to generate and explore new questions that have not already been asked. Creativity and innovation are now top priorities employers look for when making hiring decisions, and important skills for success in any area of life.

The book draws on multisensory approaches to learning—visual and verbal, kinesthetic and cognitive, online and off-line, solo study and group work, large and small numbers of students—and travels across domains of time and space. And although the book is about practical application, it takes much more of a “what if” than a “how to” approach to evoking critical reflection. What if we, as teachers, take more imaginative approaches and integrate them into our established curricula? What if we, and our students, step outside our comfort zone and do something differently? What if we are playful in our approaches to learning?