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[Xmca-l] Fwd: A very brief bio and summary of Elliot Eisner's (March 10, 1933 - January 10, 2014) work.

Elliot W. Eisner

From* Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia*

Elliot Eisner (March 10, 1933 - January 10, 2014) was a professor of Art
and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and one of the
United State's leading academic minds. He was active in several fields
including arts education, curriculum reform, qualitative research, and was
the recipient of a University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in 2005 for
his work in education as well as the Brock International Prize in 2004
​ ​
In 1992, he became the recipient of the José Vasconcelos World Award of
Education in recognition to his 30 years of scholarly and professional
work, particularly his contribution in the formulation of educational
policy to better understand the potential of the arts in the educational
development of the young
He was the 1997 recipient of the Sir Herbert Read Award of the
International Society for Education through Art (INSEA).


Elliot Eisner was born on March 10, 1933, to a family of Russian Jewish
immigrants. His father, Louis Eisner (originally Label Iznuk), was born in
the shtetl of Pavoloch in the Russian Empire (now present-day Ukraine), and
came to America around 1916 or 1917. He was a Oxen harness maker and a
leatherworker, as well as a member of the International Fur & Leather
Workers Union and an ardent Socialist, who personally met Eugene Debs at a
Socialist convention for his campaign for the Election of 1920. His mother,
Eva Perzhoff, was from the shtetl of Chechersk in present-day Belarus, and
was also a Socialist.

Elliot Eisner received his Ph.D. in education from the University of
Chicago in the 1960s, where he studied with Joseph Schwab, Bruno
Bettelheim, and Phillip Jackson.

His work has supported Discipline-Based Art Education, and he developed the
importance of forms of representation in education. During the 1980s, he
had a number of exchanges with Denis C. Phillips regarding the status of
qualitative research for educational understanding. Eisner also had a
well-known debate with Howard Gardner as to whether a work of fiction such
as a novel could be submitted as a dissertation (Eisner believed it could,
and some novels have since been successfully submitted).

He published regularly; his works included hundreds of articles and over a
dozen books. He also frequently spoke before teachers, administrators, and
at professional conferences. He served as president of many professional
organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, the
National Art Education Association, the International Society for Education
through Art (InSEA) and the John Dewey Society.

Elliot Eisner died on January 10, 2014, from complications of both
Parkinson's Disease, as well as Pneumonia.
​ (See attached poster PDF for *Ten Lessons the Arts Teach*).

Eisner, E. (2002). *The Arts and the Creation of Mind, *In Chapter 4, What
the Arts Teach
and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press.


*Robert Lake  Ed.D.*Associate Professor
Social Foundations of Education
Dept. of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8144
Phone: (912) 478-0355
Fax: (912) 478-5382
Statesboro, GA  30460

 *Democracy must be born anew in every generation, and education is its
*-*John Dewey.

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