The Past and Future of Education
The first annual Brunel Education lecture took place on 6th June in the Eastern Gateway auditorium. Kieran Egan, Professor and Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, gave a lecture entitled ‘The Past and Future of Education’ in front of an enthusiastic audience of Brunel students and staff, local teachers and education professionals, and academics from universities in London and south-east England.
In his lecture, Professor Egan elaborated on his theory of education in which the human imagination is at the core. Beginning with an historical analysis of human development, Egan then described the cultural ‘toolkit’ that allows us to develop abstractions and create new knowledge and concepts.
Kieran Egan has been described by Howard Gardner as ‘one of the most original “big picture” thinkers in education’ and by the American magazine Utne Reader as ‘one of the 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World’.
Professor Egan’s slides are available for download here:
‘The Past and Future of Education’ (click to download)
‘Learning in Depth’ (click to download)