Experimenting With Imagination


  • Seth Andrew Hudson George Mason University
  • Jennifer A Keohane George Mason University
  • Margaret A Miklancie George Mason University




Student reflection, creativity, reflective practice, pedagogy


Three participants from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellenceââ¬â¢s 2016 reading group discuss past strategies for using creativity and imagination to promote deep thinking in students and discuss how they have tried new strategies as a result of the reading group. àApproaching instruction from the seemingly disparate disciplines of rhetoric, game writing, and nursing, the presenters will focus on some specific strategies borrowed from Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers (James & Brookfield, 2014). The presenters will share the results of these ââ¬Åexperimentsââ¬Â in the classroom and reflect on how framing/re-framing some aspects of their pedagogy in terms of imagination towards reflection has affected their teaching.

Takeaway: Attendees will participate in versions of these classroom ââ¬Åexperimentsââ¬Â and be allowed to judge the effectiveness/utility of such strategies informed with hands-on experience.à Presented by faculty from disparate disciplines, attendees will see firsthand the common ties for any teaching occasion where deep reflection and engagement are a goal, leaving with ideas for new or augmented activities that benefit students and provide new challenges for instructors.

Author Biographies

Seth Andrew Hudson, George Mason University

Assistant Professor, Game Writing

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Jennifer A Keohane, George Mason University

Assistant Professor,àCommunication

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Margaret A Miklancie, George Mason University

Assistant Professor, Nursing

College of Health and Human Services





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