ERIC Number: EJ1092944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Principal Connection/Multiple Ways to Learn
Hoerr, Thomas R.
Educational Leadership, v73 n6 p86-87 Mar 2016
How important is it that every student in a school is excited about learning? Should a student be allowed to use all his/her strengths in learning? Do you know someone who wasn't a particularly good student but has been very successful in life? What these seemingly unrelated questions have in common is an appreciation for the range of talents that students--that all of us, really--possess. Answering them leads to the theory of multiple intelligences (MI) conceived by Howard Gardner. Intelligence is problem solving, and many problems are best solved by using a combination of intelligences. In schools, students are typically limited to using the scholastic intelligences--linguistic and logical-mathematical. Employing the musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, naturalist, intrapersonal, or interpersonal intelligences isn't encouraged as an option, which is unfortunate because these nonscholastic intelligences are integral to solving many of the problems we face every day. The author declares his hope that the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will allow educators to return to using multiple intelligences to help students learn.
Descriptors: Caring, Multiple Intelligences, Teaching Methods, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Scores, Standardized Tests, Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Programs, Federal Aid, Educational Quality, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Learning Processes, Cognitive Style, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top