ERIC Number: ED338214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Learning How To Learn: Technology, the Seven Multiple Intelligences and Learning.
Davis, Russell R.
This paper: (1) demonstrates how computers can be a powerful and vital tool when combined with Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences to enable educators to reach students with a variety of learning styles; and (2) provides a model of using one form of technology, computers, in connection with the intelligences to help students learn to the best of their ability and become successful life-long learners. It is argued that today's education addresses only the first three intelligences--Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, and Intrapersonal--and that many of today's students are dominant in the other four--Spatial, Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, and Interpersonal. It is noted that research into multiple intelligences is beginning to show that students labeled as academic underachievers may be dominant in a cognitive learning style that is opposed to the prevailing teaching methods. It is suggested that programed instruction and the use of microcomputers in the classroom can not only provide an environment more amenable to learning, but can also address the individual intelligences of each student. Brief discussions of each of the seven multiple intelligences include examples of appropriate computer courseware. One computer program, Snooper Troops, is discussed in detail as an example of the ways in which computers can enhance student learning. It is concluded that the combination of computers and attention to multiple intelligences will result in a more successful classroom learning environment and the fostering of creative thinking skills. Educators are encouraged to examine curriculum and class material with the aim of implementing Gardner's theory in existing classroom practices. An attached information packet includes: a list of software appropriate for each of the multiple intelligences; a list of information sources; and a sample unit using Snooper Troops. (10 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Characteristics, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Intelligence, Learning Theories, Microcomputers, Multiple Intelligences, Programed Instruction, Self Esteem, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Spring CUE Conference (Palm Springs, CA, May 11, 1991).