The Kind of Schools We Need: Personal Essays / Edition 1

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Overview

"Education without the arts would be an impoverished enterprise." So says award-winning author Elliot Eisner, an internationally renowned authority on how the arts can be used to improve education. In a long and distinguished career, Eisner has given eloquent voice to the concerns of those who decry the marginalization of the arts in school curriculums. Now, for the first time ever, readers will have access to his best essays in one concise volume.

The Kind of Schools We Need reviews Eisner's ground-breaking theories on aesthetic intelligence-theories that have helped us rethink the connections among art, literacy, research, and evaluation. A full section devoted to cognition and representation explains how the process of education expands and deepens the kinds of meaning people have in their lives. Schools must therefore help children learn to encode and decode the many forms of meaning they encounter, be they visual, auditory, linguistic, kinesthetic, or mathematical. It is precisely because those meanings are often expressed through the arts, that Eisner believes the critical methods employed in the arts have broader educational relevance. That relevance is explored in a section entitled "Rethinking Educational Research," which examines how the arts can be used to study, understand, and improve educational practice.

In an era when school reform movements are sweeping the nation, Eisner's organic or "ecological" approach is more cogent than ever. He discusses this approach in detail in the final section of the book, "The Practice and Reform of Schools," making problematic beliefs about the utility of fixed and uniform standards in a nation whose schools serve fifty million students. It is fitting, then, that with The Kind of Schools We Need, teachers, school administrators, and scholars will find a connection to one of the most influential thinkers in education today.

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Eisner (education and art, Stanford) argues for the central relevance of the arts in education. In this collection of essays from throughout his career, he advances his theories on aesthetic intelligence, or the idea that learning about our methods of developing meaning through the arts teaches us in distinct ways that could not be replicated without them. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325000299
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/24/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 838,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot Eisner is Professor of Education and Art at Stanford University. He has published fifteen books and has won numerous awards for his work, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson Award from the American Educational Research Association. Eisner was President of the National Art Education Association, President of the International Society for Education Through Art, President of the American Educational Research Association, and is President of the John Dewey Society.
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Table of Contents

Cognition and Representation

Rethinking Literacy

The Celebration of Thinking

Aesthetic Modes of Knowing

Cognition and Representation: A Way to Pursue the American Dream?

The Arts and Their Role in Education

What the Arts Taught Me About Education

The Education of Vision

The Misunderstood Role of the Arts in Human Development

Does Experience in the Arts Boost Academic Achievement?

Rethinking Educational Research

The Meaning of Alternative Paradigms for Practice

Forms of Understanding and the Future of Educational Research

Reshaping Assessment in Education

What Artistically Crafted Research Can Help Us Understand About Schools

The Practice and Reform of Schools

Educational Reform and the Ecology of Schools

Standards for American Schools: Help or Hindrance?

What a Professor Learned in the Third Grade

Preparing Teachers for the Twenty-first Century

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