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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (22 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300105118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300105117
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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


"By illuminating the various ways that making and appreciating art are cognitive endeavors, Eisner invites us to celebrate the uniqueness of art education and entices us to explore the rich connections between thinking and learning in the arts and in other areas."--Shari Tishman, Harvard University


" By illuminating the various ways that making and appreciating art are cognitive endeavors, Eisner invites us to celebrate the uniqueness of art education and entices us to explore the rich connections between thinking and learning in the arts and in other areas." -- Shari Tishman, Harvard University


" 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


By illuminating the various ways that making and appreciating art are cognitive endeavors, Eisner invites us to celebrate the uniqueness of art education and entices us to explore the rich connections between thinking and learning in the arts and in other areas. Shari Tishman, Harvard University
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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
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About the Author

Elliot W. Eisner is Lee Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of Art at Stanford University.


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This is a meaty read with many brilliant insights.
Recommened for the serious student rather than the lay person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good resource for anyone working with students and art education 18 Mar. 2009
By R. Manuel - Published on Amazon.com
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Elliot Eisner has written a wonderful book about why arts are important for education- not as a supplement but as a way to learn. Recommended for anyone teaching children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Isn't Perhaps as Scientific as We Like 25 Dec. 2013
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I read this book for a graduate class, but it was likely one I would have read for my own enlightenment as well. Eisner takes a much more holistic view of education and teaching in this tome, and offers perhaps an alternative to those who would reduce our profession to just test scores and numerical data. "Education is the process of learning how to invent yourself," writes Eisner. It is a much more than inputs and outputs. Eisner calls education a "mind-altering device" and with that, education becomes something that transforms lives, not just test scores. This book is a must read for educators looking for a different perspective of teaching and education that has a basis in arts education. Powerful as well as transforming!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 22 April 2011
By Jessica V - Published on Amazon.com
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I know that this is one of the classic texts defending the need for a well-rounded arts education, but it's a bore. I am an art teacher and genuinely support the message of this text, but found it a challenging, dull, long read. The book is redundant and a bit difficult to follow. The author seems more interested in using academic jargon than defending the role of the arts in the development of the mind. This is a text that I will hang onto as a reference guide, but it is definitely not a text I found enjoyable to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all Educators 3 Aug. 2014
By Sally D. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic book that clearly explains why the arts need to be included in all education -- without the arts it is hard to learn how to think critically -- among many other abilities.
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE book for art educators and anyone who cares about the arts! PERIOD!! 1 April 2016
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If you are an Art Educator this is a MUST HAVE book! Period! Eisner was a pioneer and staunch advocate for the the promotion of the arts in schools today. The book is excellent! Yes it is academic in form but if you want to be or are an art teacher you have no excuse not to have this book in my opinion. Eisner is articulate and if you work in a school where administrators want to marginalize the arts, which is often, this book will help visual arts instructors combat negative stereotypes and attitudes about the role of art in schools. Another book I would get with this is Eisner's book "The Kind of Schools We Need: Personal Essays" where he shares experiences as an art teacher and again explains the important need to advocate the arts in the schools! If you think art matters get this book!
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