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The Arts and the Creation of Mind

Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780300133578 030013357X
OCLC Number: 1013938019
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 38 b/w + 9 color illus.
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
INTRODUCTION --
1. THE ROLE OF THE ARTS IN TRANSFORMING CONSCIOUSNESS --
2. VISIONS AND VERSIONS OF ARTS EDUCATION --
3. TEACHING THE VISUAL ARTS --
4. WHAT THE ARTS TEACH AND HOW IT SHOWS --
5. DESCRIBING LEARNING IN THE VISUAL ARTS --
6. THE CENTRALITY OF CURRICULUM AND THE FUNCTION OF STANDARDS --
7. THE EDUCATIONAL USES OF ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION IN THE ARTS --
8. WHAT EDUCATION CAN LEARN FROM THE ARTS --
9. AN AGENDA FOR RESEARCH IN ARTS EDUCATION --
10. SUMMARY AND SIGNIFICANCE --
NOTES --
INDEX
Responsibility: Elliot W. Eisner.
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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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