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ERIC Number: EJ870482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Multiple Intelligences, Judgment, and Realization of Value
Blomberg, Doug
Ethics and Education, v4 n2 p163-175 Oct 2009
In the theory of multiple intelligences, Howard Gardner proposes a scientific justification for a more pluralistic pedagogy, while denying that science can determine educational goals. Wearing an educator's hat, however, he favors a pathway in which students come "to understand the most fundamental questions of existence ... familiarly, the true, the beautiful, and the good." Yet Gardner claims to exclude the realm of values from an intrinsic role in any of the intelligences; furthermore, the intelligences have no role to play in respect to values. The best we can hope is that some people are able to yoke these "scientifically and epistemologically separate" realms together. This dichotomy is detrimental to Gardner's educational goals. An integral conception, acknowledging both that normativity is essential for the operation of intelligence and that pursuit of values is itself an intelligent undertaking, would better support Gardner's educational vision with a more comprehensively pluralistic view of knowing. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Language: English
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