Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
JoAnn Franklin Klinker
For educational leaders, imagination is the spark that provokes the will into action. Imagination combines intelligence, desire, the ability to create, mental sensing, and a reasoning component in a mental capacity for experiencing, constructing, or manipulating mental imagery. Despite its familiarity as a commonly used word, the concept of imagination is complex and contested in academic circles. Ask 10 different philosophers or scientists how they define imagination, and you will get 10 different responses. For example, controversy exists as to whether thoughts are synonymous with imagination or merely a component of the process. Like consciousness, the concept remains a fascinating enigma and one that is not easily dissected through empirical observation. No one yet knows where imagination is located in the brain, or indeed if ...