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ERIC Number: EJ726359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1070-1214
Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Staff Workshop Handout
Early Childhood Today, v20 n3 p13-15 Nov-Dec 2005
In his "Theory of Multiple Intelligences," Dr. Howard Gardner expands the concept of intelligence to include such areas as music, spatial relations, and interpersonal knowledge in addition to the traditional view of two intelligences--mathematical and linguistic. Using biological as well as cultural research, Gardner formulated a list of seven intelligences: (1) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence; (2) Linguistic Intelligence; (3) Spatial Intelligence; (4) Musical Intelligence; (5) Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence; (6) Interpersonal Intelligence; and (7) Intrapersonal Intelligence. Accepting Gardner's "Theory of Multiple Intelligences" has several implications for teachers in terms of classroom instruction. The theory states that all seven intelligences are needed to productively function in society. Teachers, therefore, should think of all intelligences as equally important. This is in great contrast to traditional education systems that typically place a strong emphasis on the development and use of verbal and mathematical intelligences. Thus, the "Theory of Multiple Intelligences" implies that educators should recognize and teach to a broader range of talents and skills, acknowledging that while all students may not be verbally or mathematically gifted, children may have an expertise in other areas, such as music, spatial relations, or interpersonal knowledge. Approaching and assessing learning in this manner allows a wider range of students to successfully participate in classroom learning. A brief list of additional readings concludes the article. [For a related document, see ED410226.]
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