Today’s article comes from Wabisabi Learning, a foundation dedicated to bringing innovation to learning. It’s obviously a cause we support here at iOi. This article in particular is about bringing imagination, our inspiration, to learning. We love the concept of the imagination and knowledge cycle; it’s not about acquiring knowledge, but through unlocking doors to education by breeding imagination.
Why is learning with imagination just as important as having knowledge? Why must both teachers and learners use imagination in learning? Our goal here is to examine how imagination and knowledge support each other in the quest for authentic learning.
Imagination is considered the faculty or action of forming new ideas or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. On the other hand,knowledge is about facts and information. It encompasses the skills we acquire through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. But how do they complement each other in learning?
Our imagination changes; it is organic, and it grows as our knowledge grows. Knowledge feeds the imagination which spurs us on to new knowledge. Ultimately, this is the cycle of discovery and of learning we strive for in education. An imaginative student, for example, would be free to take risks and be a leader, and to state opinions rather than just correct answers. In the same way, an imaginative teacher can also take risks, be a leader, and be adaptable to the changing needs of their students.