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This is one of the most powerful honorifics in the vocabulary of teaching, yet everybody would be hard put to say what it is and how we know when we are using it. Still harder is to say whether or not the imagination can be exercised by use or improved by some kind of training. Nonetheless, most of us as parents or teachers believe that in giving children time and space to ‘use their imaginations’ (generally in the practice of one of the arts) they are doing something right and important.

Stripped down, the imagination is the faculty of mind which permits thought about things either not present to the senses or not real at all, although these processes may be hard to tell apart ...

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