The Arts And The Creation Of Mind by Elliot W. EisnerThe Arts And The Creation Of Mind by Elliot W. Eisner

The Arts And The Creation Of Mind

byElliot W. Eisner

Paperback | September 10, 2004

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Although the arts are often thought to be closer to the rim of education than to its core, they are, surprisingly, critically important means for developing complex and subtle aspects of the mind, argues Elliot Eisner in this engrossing book. In it he describes how various forms of thinking are evoked, developed, and refined through the arts. These forms of thinking, Eisner argues, are more helpful in dealing with the ambiguities and uncertainties of daily life than are the formally structured curricula that are employed today in schools.

Offering a rich array of examples, Eisner describes different approaches to the teaching of the arts and the virtues each possesses when well taught. He discusses especially nettlesome issues pertaining to the evaluation of performance in the arts. Perhaps most important, Eisner provides a fresh and admittedly iconoclastic perspective on what the arts can contribute to education, namely a new vision of both its aims and its means. This new perspective, Eisner argues, is especially important today, a time at which mechanistic forms of technical rationality often dominate our thinking about the conduct and assessment of education.
Elliot W. Eisner is Lee Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of Art at Stanford University.
Title:The Arts And The Creation Of MindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.76 inPublished:September 10, 2004Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300105118

ISBN - 13:9780300105117

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Editorial Reviews

“Elliot Eisner is long regarded as one of the most eloquent and best informed of those critical of the technicism dominating so many schools. At once, he is known as a trailbreaker in contemporary efforts to make the artistic-aesthetic dimension of experience central in public education’s classrooms. This book reimagines the kinds of reforms needed in education, as it brings together Eisner’s generative notions about learning and teaching, arts-based research, and (climactically) a conception of mind as process, a way of being in and acting upon the world. Encounters with the arts, Eisner tells us, can nurture and enrich mind in its becoming. The very idea of “creation” in this context opens perspectives on ways of making “mind” the beating heart of live and humane schools.”—Maxine Greene, Teachers College, Columbia University