AI and Creativity: Opportunities and Challenges in Education with Dr. James Kaufman

Fueling Creativity in Education

Sep 26 2023 • 28 mins

In this double expresso of the Fueling Creativity in Education podcast, Dr. Matthew Worwood and Dr. Cyndi Burnett welcome back to the show Dr. James Kaufman, a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and one of the leading researchers in the field of creativity. In the first part of this double expresso, Dr. Kaufman discusses the intersection of creativity and artificial intelligence (AI). He ponders whether AI will enhance or hinder creativity and questions if it will lead to a more equitable distribution of creative advantages. Dr. Kaufman expresses concerns that those with access to resources and technology may benefit the most, further widening the gap. However, he also sees the potential for AI to be a tool for co-creation and boosting people's creative potential. The conversation expands to include parallels between the advent of the World Wide Web and the potential challenges faced with increased access to information. They discuss the importance of curation in a world flooded with content, where individuals must navigate vast amounts of data to find what is truly valuable. Overall, this episode explores the complex relationship between creativity, AI, access to information, and the role of curation. Dr. Kaufman's insights give listeners a deeper understanding of these topics and the potential consequences and advantages they may have in the field of education.   About Dr. James Kaufman: Dr. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of creativity,  authoring and editing over 50 books. He has published more than 300 papers and three well-known theories of creativity, including the Four-C Model of Creativity with Ron Beghetto, who was on an earlier podcast.  He has co-authored several books for educators, including Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom, Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom, and Being Creative Inside and Outside of the Classroom. His most recent book, The Creativity Advantage, focuses on the benefits of bringing creativity into our lives.   Are you eager to bring more creativity into your school district? Check out our sponsor, and Do you want to learn more about Design Thinking in Education?  Do you want to build a sustained culture of innovation and creativity at your school? Visit to understand how Design Thinking can promote teacher creativity and support professional growth in the classroom. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!