The Arts and the Creation of Mind

The Arts and the Creation of Mind

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by Elliot W. Eisner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300105118

ISBN-13: 9780300105117

Pub. Date: 10/18/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105117
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Role of the Arts in Transforming Consciousness1
2Visions and Versions of Arts Education25
3Teaching the Visual Arts46
4What the Arts Teach and How It Shows70
5Describing Learning in the Visual Arts93
6The Centrality of Curriculum and the Function of Standards148
7The Educational Uses of Assessment and Evaluation in the Arts178
8What Education Can Learn from the Arts196
9An Agenda for Research in Arts Education209
10Summary and Significance230
Notes243
Index254

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