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The Arts and the Creation of Mind

reviewed by Mary Bushnell - 2004

coverTitle: The Arts and the Creation of Mind
Author(s): Elliot W. Eisner
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300095236, Pages: 258, Year: 2002
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A few times every semester in my undergraduate social foundations courses, I hand out boxes of crayons and paper and invite students to explore educational philosophies, histories, and theories through drawing. The idea behind the aesthetic activity is to encourage students to explore ideas from perspectives other than the linguistic manipulation of ideas, including the simple memorization of facts and concepts on texts. Through the experiences of color, shapes, spatial relationships, and textures, students have academic license to develop visually, as well as linguistically, and articulate their informed opinions. It is this idea of art for cognitive and imaginative development that the acclaimed scholar Elliot W. Eisner explores in his newest book The Arts and the Creation of Mind. Where Cognition and Curriculum Reconsidered explored what a teacher might teach, in his newest book Eisner explores the how of teaching. He does not present a simplistic methodology lesson, but a philosophically based exploration of the wholeness of educational endeavors. By understanding the teaching of art, educators may... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 403-405
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11166, Date Accessed: 10/26/2020 6:03:21 PM

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  • Mary Bushnell
    Queens College, City University of New York
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    Mary Bushnell is an assistant professor of education at Queens College, City University of New York. Her recent research on teacher professionalism and on aesthetics has appeared in Education and Urban Society, Educational Studies, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Her current project investigates aesthetic educationís possibilities in teacher education.
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