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ERIC Number: ED379662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 24
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Writing and the Seven Intelligences.
Grow, Gerald
In "Frames of Mind," Howard Gardner replaces the standard view of intelligence with the idea that human beings have several distinct intelligences. Using an elaborate set of criteria, including evidence from studies of brain damage, prodigies, developmental patterns, cross-cultural comparisons, and various kinds of tests, Gardner identifies seven intelligences. Even though it was first published in 1983, Gardner's theory has not made an impact on the teaching of writing. Since writing is a blend of several distinct human capacities, it is worth considering how it can engage Gardner's seven intelligences, though those seven intelligences are by no means (Gardner admits as much himself) definitive; they are only one means of understanding the multiple facets of the human mind. First, the linguistic intelligence offers keen sensitivity to language; it develops the poetic instinct and a strong narrative sense. Second, the logical-mathematical intelligence helps with logical organization and development; it is the problem solving conponent of thought. Third, the interpersonal intelligence grabs the writer and keeps his or her attention focused, attentive to audience needs. Fourth, the intrapersonal intelligence conveys author voice and presence. Fifth, the spatial intelligence offers keen observation and good description. Sixth, the musical intelligence helps the writer with the rhythm of his or her prose and the harmony of the different parts of a piece. Seventh, the kinesthetic intelligence encourages sensitivity to the physical and sensitivity to movement, body language and "gut" feelings. (Contains two tables and 23 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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