Educational Imagination, The:On the Design and Evaluation of School Programs

Educational Imagination, The:On the Design and Evaluation of School Programs - Elliot Eisner - 9780130942876 - Education - Administration/Leadership (148)
Allyn & Bacon
Elliot W. Eisner
Mai 2002


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For graduate level courses in curriculum development.

This is a paperback reprint of the 1994 edition.This highly regarded curriculum development text by one of the most prominent figures in the field is designed to help readers understand the major approaches to curriculum planning and the formation of educational goals. In this edition, Eisner provides a conceptual framework that shows students the different ways in which the aims of education can be regarded...and, describes their implications for curriculum planning and teaching practices. Coverage is grounded in the belief that the appropriateness of any given educational practice is dependent upon the characteristics and context of the school program, and the values of the community that program serves.


  • An analysis and overview of leading ideas in the field-Explores American education as it has developed from the turn of the century to the present day.
  • Discussion of artistic as well as scientific considerations in curriculum planning, teaching, and evaluation.
    • Encourages students to give value to both ways of evaluating teaching options. Ex.___

  • Introduction of unique concepts in educational planning-Includes such ideas as educational connoisseurship: the art of appreciating what is educationally significant, and educational criticism: the use of art criticism as a means of describing, interpreting, and evaluating teaching.
  • An introductory chapter-Provides a more comprehensive introduction to the current state of schooling in America and the most recent national efforts at school reform. The values and probable consequences of these efforts are analyzed, and serious questions are raised about these efforts.
  • A new chapter on curriculum ideologies-Provides an entirely new framework for understanding major ideologies which affect the goals and content of education.
  • An assessment chapter-Examines the historical background and implications for practice of this new way of thinking about what has, historically, been regarded as “evaluation.”
  • An Educational Criticism-Written by Mary Burchenal, shows how one teacher faced the unique challenges of her English classroom… and, in so doing, sheds light on the subtleties and dilemmas of all teaching at the high school level.

Table of Contents

 1. Schooling in America: Where Are We Headed?

 2. Some Concepts, Distinctions, and Definitions.

 3. Curriculum Ideologies.

 4. The Three Curricula That All Schools Teach.

 5. Educational Aims, Objectives, and Other Aspirations.

 6. Dimensions of Curriculum Planning.

 7. On the Art of Teaching.

 8. The Functions and Forms of Evaluation.

 9. Reshaping Assessment in Education.

10. The Forms and Functions of Educational Connoisseurship and Educational Criticism.

11. Some Examples of Educational Criticism.

12. A Criticism of an Educational Criticism.

13. Summing Up Some of the Major Points.