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October 20, 2016

My action research proposal was due today. It was great to nail down some of the key issues that I'm interested in researching and to find interesting resources for my literature review. One that really stood out to me was Eliot Eisner. In his book ‘The Arts and the Creation of Mind’, he talks about why we teach art and its impact on education. Eisner talks about how in “education the arts are considered nice but not necessary”, this touches on a key issue I’m trying to address in my research. He talks about a status hierarchy in schools, where subjects like mathematics are valued more than the arts. He says that the arts are important as they are ‘at the forefront in the celebration of diversity, individuality and surprise’, things that are very appropriate for students to be learning and experiencing at second level. Eisner says ‘meaning is not limited to what words can express’, I couldn't agree more. He also loves cats! My kind of guy! I am excited to find such an inspirational person to reference during my research and look forward to reading more of his work.