Boundaries of the educational imagination, published by African Minds in 2015, uses six different ‘journeys’ to expand how we understand and think about education. The book comes with an eight video set, freely available on YouTube, that introduce each of the chapters. The book itself is available, from 2015, for free download from African Minds, a not for profit publisher.
The first journey travels from one school in South Africa outwards to all the schools of the world. boundaries of the educational imagination chapter 1 video
The second travels inside a school with increasing focus, exploring how school architecture, the shapes of classrooms, the design of desks, chairs, and writing equipment has changed over the last 200 years. boundaries of the educational imagination – video 2
The third journey shifts inside the brain and explores how the brain learns, starting from the smallest of synapses and expanding outwards to how the whole brain and body works to learn. boundaries of the educational imagination – chapter 3 – from neuro to human – video 3
The fourth journey goes inside the mind and shifts upwards in development from how a child learns the basics all the way to how a transcended person learns to act in our world. boundaries of the educational imagination video – chapter 4: from babe to sage
The fifth journey shifts from mind to culture and looks at how human knowledge has grown explosively and how we as a human species are trying to cope with this growth.
The sixth journey explores the micro world of knowledge structures and shows how we have increasingly found techniques to travel through its intricacies in ways that expand learning outwards to all the students of the world.
The book serves as a primer to Education Studies by introducing students to the wonderful world of education in a way that forces them to continually stretch their imaginations from the smallest of education elements to its largest manifestations.