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). Biography 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 midwife.* *-*John Dewey.
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