This weekend, I presented the “Learning In Depth” programme developed by Simon Fraser University, and somewhat adapted towards Australia. I was truly taken back by the interest, given it’s a very simple innovation and quite low tech. I said I’d enclose some of the ‘starter’ pieces (click here) that I recommend from the IERG website. The ‘kit’ is also available and a sampler is available here. The LiD kit The LiDKit draws on the collaborative work of more than 25 teachers and researchers led by Professor Kieran Egan.
I also recommend purchasing the Learning In Depth book, which deals with many aspects of the LiD program. If you are more broadly interested in Imagination (as an active part of understanding) you might also consider Kieran’s other published work.
From my presentation, this slide is one that I’ve called a “learning compass” and useful to teachers in considering which direction students might be steered towards in the initial stages of developing their LiD projects. It’s also useful to use as a diagnostic with other teachers, parents and the student in order to try and better ‘see’ the whole child.
One question a few people asked if LiD it could be used out of school, to which the answer is yes. For a parent, it’s an easy to understand way of steering their interests towards something you think would benefit them.
Overall, the presentation was only to introduce the idea of Imaginative Education, and the frameworks that are used to spark project ideas and directions. I am happy to follow up with schools/communities if they are interested in the future.