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ERIC Number: ED502634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-15
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Multiple Ways to be Smart: Gardener's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and its Educational Implications in English Teaching and Oral Communication
Abdallah, Mahmoud Mohammad Sayed
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This article describes Gardener's Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI Theory) that was originated in 1983 in his most celebrated book, Frames of Mind. This theory has revolutionised the idea of intelligence providing evidence on the existence of more than one intelligence (i.e. at least seven). The article sheds some light on the history of MI Theory and the traditional IQ tests to clarify the rationale underlying this new theory. Then, it illustrates the initial seven intelligences that Gardener suggested (i.e. Verbal-linguistic intelligence, logical-mathematical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, spatial intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal-reflective intelligence and musical intelligence). It goes on to highlight the educational applications and implications of MI Theory in English Language Teaching, with special focus on what has come to be called MI-Based Instruction. After that, it tackles communications skills in English and the importance of the communication process, with special focus on speaking. Learning styles and strategies as a learner-centred approach which is closely related with MI Theory is also tackled.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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