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ERIC Number: ED331090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 74
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8141-1664-7
Expressions: Multiple Intelligences in the English Class. Theory & Research into Practice (TRIP).
Smagorinsky, Peter
Intended to help teachers think of ways to broaden the range of intelligences students use in language arts classes within the constraints of the content area, this book offers help for teachers who want to create classes in which students enthusiastically participate in constructive activities. In its first section ("Theory and Research"), the book sketches Howard Gardner's research on the many forms of human intelligence, showing seven intelligences: linguistic, logical/mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. The book notes that to judge students' abilities solely by linguistic performance is to neglect and discourage those whose strengths lie elsewhere, and maintains that because different cultures foster different types of intelligence, the nation's growing diversity could leave even more youths devalued and constrained. The book's next section ("Practice") focuses on each of Gardner's seven intelligences in turn, suggesting ways to expand traditional classroom practices for English. Among the suggestions in this section are definition projects for the logically inclined, song-writing and the setting of poems to music, map-making and art study in relation to movements such as romanticism, dramatization of literature, mime, small-group discussion and writing, and literature-related interview projects. Extensive appendixes provide step-by-step instruction sheets for 22 class activities. (SR)
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 16647-0015, $7.95 members, $10.50 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.