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ERIC Number: EJ821429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Imagination without Images
Manna, Concettina; Minichiello, Giuliano
Teaching Education, v16 n1 p51-60 Mar 2005
In the context of learning theories the problem of the passage from the psychological dimension governed by images to the "scientific" dimension dominated by concepts needs to be reformulated. The starting point of the question should be recognition that at a "deep" level, between the two dimensions, there is a bridge, the design of which can be sensed but not its establishment. A child's mind cannot be confined to a pre-scientific limbo, and nor should it be made a sort of mysterious, magical source of knowledge. It is perhaps better to suppose that so-called child creativity indicates the presence of a complex network of semantic procedures, at the centre of which we find the capacity to activate imagination processes that are at the same time rich, without any images and able to join together systems of representation of different types according to rules. These processes are the channels via which concepts can translate themselves into images and in turn these can translate into "evidence" of concepts; and furthermore, it is through translation procedures that the affections of the soul express themselves in semantic worlds, which are self-organized (Minichiello, 2003, p. 15f.). In every communicative event, not only the content but also a certain type of relationship is communicated between the "speakers"; similarly, in each cognitive event, not only a meaning but also a particular mysterious way of living in the world and of fulfilling its stories. In "Teaching as story telling: an alternative approach to teaching and curriculum in the elementary school" (1986), Kieran Egan examines the process of imagination and investigates the relationship between imagination, learning and the story form. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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