Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Gillian Judson, Simon Fraser University


The imagination is central to all learning. This paper provides science educators with a better understanding of imagination's role in learning and how it may be routinely engaged in the education of budding scientists. Both theoretical and practical dimensions are addressed. Part one defines the imagination, provides an overview of Kieran Egan's (1997) theory of lmaginative Education, introduces Egan's framework for developing lessons using Imaginative Education, and provides an argument for imaginative science education. Part two provides an example of science curriculum that shows practical application of lmaginative Education in a museum science camp setting. The curriculum explores the scientific concepts of water for fourth-grade and fifth-grade students. Part three addresses practical and logistical issues and applications of the imaginative science education model described.


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