Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Imagination and Learning Science

  • Yannis Hadzigeorgiou
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_465-2


Emotional engagement; Narrative thinking; Romantic understanding; Scientific creativity

Imagination is central to human thinking. In induction it is the imagination that helps bring some order to the elements of sense experience and intuition. And in deductive reasoning one has to go, through the use of the imagination (i.e., through suppositions, hypotheses and conjectures), well beyond what is actually present and what is actually noted. Despite its complex nature, imagination can be understood as the ability to form mental images and also to think in terms of possibilities (Egan 1992). The role that these abilities have played in scientific work, although not reported in scientific papers, can be found in the literature where scientists (e.g., Maxwell, Einstein, Planck, Feynman, Polanyi) talk about their own research or the development of scientific knowledge in general. Their views reflect the centrality of the imagination in science, whether the latter is viewed as a...


Science Education Thought Experiment Science Learn Pretend Play Narrative Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities, Dept. of Early Childhood Education and Educational DesignUniversity of the AegeanRhodesGreece