Special feature: AI and the Human in Education

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AI and the Human in Education

London Review of Education special feature.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings enormous potential for addressing the world’s greatest challenges. At the same time, it poses significant risk to humanity. Current AI technologies already have significant capabilities: they can recognise and predict objects, speech and emotions; they can analyse scenes and different languages; and they can plan, build and suggest solutions. In the not too distant future, AI could predict any multi-sensory and multi-dimensional patterns and make automated decisions impacting billions of lives.

There are complex social, moral and ethical issues in applying AI to education. The articles in this special feature offer diverse perspectives on adjusting to a new order in which big data are used to determine and direct educational paths, triaging learners accordingly. Some of the articles focus on the more dangerous aspects of incorporating intelligence into educational systems, and the subsequent re-engineering of those systems, Others emphasise the significant societal benefits. Together, they highlight an imperative: that the time and resources saved by automation should be turned to enriching and developing what it means to be human, including rewarding mechanisms to express our most essential qualities of altruism, vocation and collective social endeavour. 


Published: from 17 March 2021.


Guest Editors

Sandra Leaton Gray, Associate Professor of Education, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Natalia Kucirkova, Professor of Early Childhood and Development, University of Stavanger, Norway


Article list


Editorial: AI and the human in education

Authors: Sandra Leaton Gray and Natalia Kucirkova
Published 17 March 2021


Artificial intelligence and the technological turn of public education privatization: In defence of democratic education

Author: Kenneth J. Saltman
Published: 21 July 2020


Artificial intelligence in schools: Towards a democratic future

Author: Sandra Leaton Gray
Published: 21 July 2020


Can artificial intelligence help predict a learner’s needs? Lessons from predicting student satisfaction

Author: Dimitris Parapadakis
Published: 21 July 2020


Digital literacies and children’s personalized books: Locating the ‘self’

Authors: Natalia Kucirkova and Margaret Mackey
Published: 21 July 2020


New digital laboratories of experimental knowledge production: Artificial intelligence and education research

Author: Ben Williamson
Published: 21 July 2020


Rise of the machines? The evolving role of AI technologies in high-stakes assessment

Authors: Mary Richardson and Rose Clesham
Published: 10 March 2021


The role and challenges of education for responsible AI

Author: Virginia Dignum
Published: 13 January 2021


The use of AI in education: Practicalities and ethical considerations

Author: Michael J. Reiss
Published: 3 February 2021


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