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Connoisseurship and Educational Criticism

Educational criticism is an aesthetically grounded approach to qualitative research. In this entry, connoisseurship refers to the act of knowing; criticism refers to representing that knowledge in public venues such as academic books and journals. Founded by Elliot W. Eisner at Stanford University, the educational connoisseurship and criticism model seeks to illuminate the meanings, qualities, and patterns that constitute school experience. While most educational research is informed by the social and behavioral sciences, educational criticism takes its lead from the work of critics in fields such as music, literature, drama, film, and the visual arts. For this reason, educational criticism offers an alternative frame of reference for considering epistemological issues in research. Such issues include the roles of objectivity and subjectivity as well as questions ...

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