The Arts and the Creation of Mind (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Art - 258 pages
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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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User Review  - Julie Simms - Goodreads

Brilliant author writes about the arts and their impact on our thinking Read full review

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User Review  - Salome Tam - Goodreads

Exceptional book not only on arts ed but education as a whole. Wish I'd come across it earlier in my teaching career. Read full review

Contents

1 The Role of the Arts in Transforming Consciousness
1
2 Visions and Versions of Arts Education
25
3 Teaching the Visual Arts
46
4 What the Arts Teach and How It Shows
70
5 Describing Learning in the Visual Arts
93
6 The Centrality of Curriculum and the Function of Standards
148
7 The Educational Uses of Assessment and Evaluation in the Arts
178
8 What Education Can Learn from the Arts
196
9 An Agenda for Research in Arts Education
209
10 Summary and Significance
230
Notes
243
Index
254
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