ELLIOT W. EISNER
A collaborative initiative with Yale University Press to distribute The Arts and the Creation of Mind, one aim of the text is "to dispel the idea that the arts are somehow intellectually undemanding, emotive rather than reflective operations done with the hand, unattached to the head." Eisner's straightforward, accessible language takes the reader into chapters such as: What the Arts Teach and How It Shows; Describing Learning in the Visual Arts; The Educational Uses of Assessment and Evaluation in the Arts; What Education Can Learn From the Arts; Agenda for Research in Arts Education, and more.
The arts are a critically important means for developing complex and subtle aspects of the mind. Eisner describes how various forms of thinking are evoked, developed, and refined through the arts. These forms of thinking 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. 288 pgs. Hardbound (2002) ISBN 0-300-09523-6