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How Can Education Foster Imagination and Creativity?

Source | | Scott Barry Kaufman

What is the role of imagination in education, and how can education foster imagination and creativity? What is the purpose of education? What is the purpose of a teacher? What are the active ingredients of effective learning? Given educators’ penchant for measurement, how might imagination and creativity be assessed in students and in teachers?

These were the sort of questions discussed by a group of leading educators, psychologists, designers, and entrepreneurs that convened earlier this year in Philadelphia. Goals of the weekend included discussing and advancing our knowledge of what role imagination plays in learning, how schools can plant and nurture imagination in children, and what the perfect vision of an imaginative education might look like, both in theory and reality. 

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