Creative classrooms: How to stoke imaginative intelligence in students

Severe ear infections rendered three-year-old Scott Barry Kaufman nearly deaf. As a result, he needed a few extra seconds to process things in real time, which landed him in a special education classroom. Inspired by his personal experience, he encourages educators to take a holistic, whole person approach to evaluation that benefits all students. According to Kaufman, students who dream big are those who can imagine different, better, more satisfying lives - have a better chance of living them. With cutting-edge research, Kaufman shows us how a renewed embrace of intellectual curiosity can prepare students for rewarding lives worth living.

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Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is Scientific Director of the Science of Imagination Project at the Positive Psychology Center.

This research is supported by a research grant from the Imagination Institute. He conducts research on the measurement and development of imagination, creativity, and play, and teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology.

Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author of the upcoming book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). He is also host of The Psychology Podcast, co-founder of The Creativity Post, and he writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American.

Kaufman completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 2009 and received his master's degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.