Eisner's Orientations

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Jennifer Craft
EDU 471 A
P.O. Paper II
Oct. 17, 2011
Part I.
At the beginning of the course, I believed that the purpose for public schooling in the United States was to provide free education to all citizens. Every person in the U.S. has equal opportunity for success. Education should consist of the basic fundamentals of knowledge. For example, citizens should be taught how to read, write and perform arithmetic. Everyone has the capability to learn, even through disability. Sometimes those with disabilities outshine the average student. After learning these three basic abilities, a person has the chance to succeed in academics and ultimately in a future career as well as interact comfortably social situations. The famous B.B. King said that “the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

All of Eisner’s orientations posed interesting views. However, the two orientations that I found most appealing were Personal Relevance and Social Adaptation. Children easily get bored and distracted when involved with something that disinterests them. The Personal Relevance approach, I feel, gives children motivation for learning due to focusing on the child’s interest. It is important to note that when children are actively engaging in an activity, they are processing learning. Eisner defines the Personal Relevance orientation for the curriculum to be one which emphasizes the primacy of personal meaning for students; he suggests that it is the responsibility of schools to develop programs that focus upon the learner and his or her interests and personal experiences. The role of the teacher is to provide enough structure and guidance for students to be productive.

“Education should consist of the basic fundamentals of knowledge. After learning these three basic abilities, a person has the chance to succeed in academics and ultimately in a future career as well as interact comfortably social...
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