ERIC Number: ED404691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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Multiple Intelligences and Student Learning: Reframing Our Teaching Methods in the Basic Public Speaking Course.
Schaller, Kristi A.; Callison, Marybeth G.
This paper discusses the theory of multiple intelligences (H. Gardner, 1983) as it applies to the basic public speaking course. According to the paper, the multiple intelligences theory (MI) suggests that intelligence should not be viewed as a single dimension, but rather as a composite of several aptitudes and talents. The paper states that Gardner theorizes that individuals have different intelligences and, therefore, different aptitudes for learning. The basic public speaking course is an ideal forum to incorporate MI theory and that instructors should use a variety of teaching methods to stimulate students' multiple intelligences. it notes that the seven intelligences individuals may possess are: bodily-kinesthetic; verbal-linguistic; logical-mathematical; musical-rhythmic; visual-spatial; interpersonal-social; and intrapersonal-introspective and describes each type. MI theory can be used in three positive ways by instructors in public speaking: teaching skills valued by the community; developing interdisciplinary curricula; and personalizing instruction to reflect differences among students. Classroom assignments, speech topics, and sample exercises appropriate for each type of intelligence are suggested in the paper. Contains 16 references. (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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