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Methods developed to shift images from negative to positive resulting in positive behaviors

Life Methods

The Kaleidoscope

The Spiral Curriculum:  Curriculum is ‘spiraled’ to be age and learning stage appropriate (see Piaget, Stages of Cognitive Development), in the understanding that the learning process is lifelong and any person can learn any thing if it is presented within the framework of their life experience.  


The Tools Chart reminds educators of the array of creative tools available to them that could be used to enable diverse approaches to one’s teaching.


A series of ‘Life Methods’ piloted in the 5th City Preschool were further developed in the Academy as Intellectual (A: Images, Methods B: Pedagogical, Methods C: Training Construct, Methods D: Mass Education Spring 1969), Social and Spirit Methods, including leading conversations, studies, seminars, workshops, giving presentations, and designing curriculum and lesson plans. For more on these methods, see the Facilitation Methods Collection.  

This link is a session of Imaginal Education process taught in Canada’s Human Development course.   

After twenty years of research and experimentation, in 1986 an ICA faculty (Burna Dunn, Letty Lynn Maloney, Jann McQuire, Keith Packard, Kristen Steed, Karen Wright) and 25 teachers, professors and community leaders participated in a  three-week Atlanta Teachers Institute focused on “The Teaching Strategy for a Whole Person Approach to Life and Learning.” (Overview, Week 1: Sessions 1 and 2,   Session 4, Session 5; Week 2: Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4 and Session 5; and Week 3:  Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4 and Session 5) at Spelman University.  

In this period the Kaleidoscope was created, representing a whole person approach to learning. The following three papers were written about using the Kaleidoscope as a primary tool for Imaginal Education:

Imaginal Education Course Manuals:

Early Imaginal Education Talks:


Imaginal Education Images, Workshops and Other Resources




Other documents describing imaginal education methods: