Kieran Egan (educationist)

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Kieran Egan
Kieran Egan educator.jpg
Egan in 2004
Born 1942 (1942)
Occupation Author, Professor of Education, Canada Research Chair in Education

Kieran Egan (born 1942) is a contemporary educational philosopher and a student of the classics, anthropology, cognitive psychology, and cultural history.[1] 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.[2] His major work is The Educated Mind.[citation needed]


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.[3][4]

Imaginative Education[edit]

Kieran Egan is the director of the Imaginative Education Research Group,[2] 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[5]

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  1. ^ Theodora Polito, Educational Theory as Theory of Culture: A Vichian perspective on the educational theories of John Dewey and Kieran Egan Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2005
  2. ^ a b Egan, K., & Judson, G. (2008). Of Whales and Wonder. Educational Leadership, 65(6), 20-25.
  3. ^ a b Egan, K. (2005). An imaginative approach to teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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  5. ^ Accessed on 13 November 2010
  6. ^ "1991- Kieran Egan". Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kieran Egan: Teacher of the Years". Retrieved 19 October 2010.