Creativity and Imagination: A New Way to View Student Ability

Scott Barry Kaufman 





Scott is Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Kaufman investigates the development and measurement of intelligence, creativity, and personality (see scientific papers). He has six books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and The Philosophy of Creativity (with Elliot Samuel Paul). Kaufman is also co-founder of The Creativity Post, and he writes the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American (seepopular posts). 

In this episode you will learn:

  • The purpose of the Imagination Institute sbk
  • What the elements of postive psychology are and how they can help teachers understand students
  • Why we are misguided in measuring intelligence
  • How to think broadly about intelligence to develop the learning outcomes that you really care about
  • Why active learning skills out-predict learning outcomes better than IQ exams
  • Why we shouldn’t categorize one master list of intelligence
  • A new definition of intelligence: the dynamic interplay of engagement and ability in the pursuit of personal goals
  • How to move past the negativity of labeling students based on their mind bends
  • How to look for hidden gifts in your students
  • The Future Project’s role in school with its Dream Director
  • Why creative expression is self expression. Scott will explain why he is not a big fan of creative exercises, but how he prefers to foster autonomy


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