chapter  8
Education and imagination
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Now that we have reviewed various aspects of imagination can we arrive at conclusions as to what education should do about it? In some important aspects the evidence is inclusive; some of the most interesting examples of imagining occur independently of school education, and there is little or no controlled experimental evidence about this kind of activity. Nevertheless there are some conclusions which we can reach and some ways in which education might encourage a better use of imagination-ways, that is, by which education might try not simply to increase artistic or scientific production but to encourage use of the general activity of imagining for socially valuable purposes.· In considering this project for education we have to realise the uncertainties of present knowledge, the precise aims of educating imagination, and so arrive at the methods likely to be effective.