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Kieran Egan (educationist) : biography

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Kieran Egan (born 1942) is a contemporary educational philosopher and a student of the classics, anthropology, cognitive psychology, and cultural history.Theodora Polito, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2005 He has written on issues in education and child development, with an emphasis on the uses of imagination and the intellectual stages (Egan calls them understandings) that occur during a person’s intellectual development. He has questioned the work of Jean Piaget and progressive educators, notably Herbert Spencer and John Dewey.

He currently works at Simon Fraser University.Egan, K., & Judson, G. (2008). Of Whales and Wonder. Educational Leadership, 65(6), 20-25. His major work is The Educated Mind.

Main works

  • 1976 Structural Communication. Fearon Publishers, Belmont, Calif. ISBN 0-8224-6550-7
  • 1979 Educational Development. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 0-19-502458-3
  • 1983 Education and Psychology: Plato, Piaget, and Scientific Psychology. Teachers College Press, Columbia University, New York ; London. ISBN 0-8077-2717-2
  • 1988 Primary Understanding: Education in Early Childhood. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0-415-90003-4
  • 1988 Imagination and Education. Teachers College Press, New York. ISBN 0-8077-2878-0
  • 1989 Teaching as Story Telling: An Alternative Approach to Teaching and Curriculum in the Elementary School. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 0-226-19031-5
  • 1990 Romantic Understanding: The Development of Rationality and Imagination, Ages 8-15. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0-415-90050-6
  • 1992 Imagination in Teaching and Learning: The Middle School Years. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 0-226-19033-1
  • 1997 The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 0-226-19036-6
  • 1999 Children's Minds, Talking Rabbits & Clockwork Oranges: Essays on Education. Teachers College Press, New York. ISBN 0-8077-3808-5
  • 2002 Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Yale University Press, New Haven. ISBN 0-300-09433-7
  • 2005 An Imaginative Approach to Teaching. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA. ISBN 0-7879-7157-X
  • 2006 Teaching Literacy: Engaging the Imagination of New Readers and Writers. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif. ISBN 1-4129-2788-9
  • 2008 The Future of Education: Reimaging Our Schools from the Ground Up. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. ISBN 978-0-300-11046-3
  • 2010 Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation that Can Transform Schooling. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. ISBN 978-0-226-19043-3


Egan was born in 1942 in Clonmel Ireland, though, he was raised and educated in England. He graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966. He subsequently worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Kingston upon Thames. He then moved to the United States and began a Ph.D in the philosophy of education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Egan completed his Ph.D at Cornell University in 1972.Egan, K. (2005). An imaginative approach to teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Category:Philosophers of education Category:1942 births Category:Living people Category:Education academics Category:Grawemeyer Award winners Category:Simon Fraser University faculty Category:British academics Category:Irish scholars and academics Category:English educationists Category:Educational psychologists Category:Irish educationists Category:Stanford Graduate School of Education alumni

Awards and honors

  • 1991: Grawemeyer Award in Education
  • 1993: Elected to the Royal Society of Canada
  • 2000: Elected as Foreign Associate member of the National Academy of Education (U.S.)
  • 2001: Killam Research Fellowship
  • 2001: Appointed to a Canada Research Chair in Education
  • 2010: Utne Reader magazine listed Egan as one of the "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."

Imaginative Education

Kieran Egan is the director of the Imaginative Education Research Group, which was founded by the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. The goal of this group is to improve education on a global scale by developing and proliferating the ideas of Imaginative Education Accessed on 13 November 2010

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