Teaching literacy through Imaginative Education in Mexican context

Literacy is one of the essential elements of curriculum in any country. Mexico has been struggling with diminishing results in international and national assessments. By the age of 15, most students have poor reading comprehension skills, and the consequences are that they don’t advance as they should in their learning process. The Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG) has developed the Imaginative Literacy Program (ILP) based on the Imaginative Education innovative approach. This pilot research program attempts to explore the potential effectiveness of this educational program in Mexican schools. Education graduate students from the Mexican university will be taught how to implement this program in their classrooms. They will follow a five step guide developed by the IERG, guided by Prof. Kieran Egan and the SFU IERG Research Assistant. Teachers’ skills of using this program’s principles to teach literacy will be tested, and students’ literacy skills will be tested at the end of the project as well. We expect to find significant progress in both, teachers and students, by using this program. Additionally, to find valuable data that contributes to the programs’ development and process of implementation.

Carolina Lopez
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Kieran Egan
Project Year: 
British Columbia
Partner University: 
Regional Centre of Teacher Training and Educational Research, Hermosillo, Mexico