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ERIC Number: EJ920521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
The Representation of Multiple Intelligences Types in the Top-Notch Series: A Textbook Evaluation
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah; Jozaghi, Zahra
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v14 n2 p59-84 2010
This study aims at evaluating Top-Notch series through a checklist devised by the researchers based on the elements of the Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory proposed by Gardner (1998). With the shift from teacher-centered classrooms to learner-centered one, more and more research is needed to be done in the realm of students' need analysis. One of the undeniable needs of the students to be fulfilled is for them to learn through the intelligence they are most capable at while the educational system mainly addresses students' verbal intelligence. This study has evaluated Top Notch series in terms of taking the nine intelligences into consideration through answering these two questions: 1. To what extent does Top-Notch series represent the MI features? 2. How frequently each of the eight intelligences is used in each book of the series? The results confirm that Top Notch is rich in addressing verbal intelligence followed by the visual, logical, musical, interpersonal, bodily, and intrapersonal one while to some extent poor in representing natural and existential intelligences. It also shows that there exists a pattern of some of the intelligences-addressing through different levels, for example unlike visual intelligence, verbal-intelligence-addressing enhances as the books grow in level. The comparison of the results with that of Interchange series evaluation illustrated that Top Notch is more representative of the intelligences and that it is a suitable alternative to the Interchange in terms of addressing the elements of MI principles or as Lezear (1991) puts it "Ways of Knowing". (Contains 20 tables.)
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