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Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences

What exactly are multiple intelligences, and why are they so important for teachers to know about?
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Rachel Tom

on 8 December 2011

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Transcript of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner's
Multiple Intelligences Howard Gardner
Professor of psychology at Harvard
Developed Multiple Intelligences Theory in 1983 but the theory is still being developed today Is intelligence only able to be measured in one way with just one result? Or can intelligence be measured in multiple ways? Babies are born with multiple intelligences, and as they grow and develop, so do their intelligences. Each person has a different set of intelligences that they express, and no one is limited to just one intelligence. by Rachel Tom The theory of multiple intelligences states that intelligence is not a single, fixed attribute but rather a collection of several different types of abilities. The theory of multiple intelligences started with seven different intelligences. Currently, there are nine accepted intelligences and two tentative intelligences. Linguistic Intelligence
"Word Smart" Ability to use and manipulate languages Logical-Mathematical Intelligence
"Math/Science Smart" Capacity to analyze problems, think logically, and carry out mathematical operations Musical Intelligence
"Music Smart" Ability to recognize and appreciate musical patterns, pitch, rhythm, and timbre; skill in performing and perhaps composing music. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
"Body Smart" Ability to move one's body and its various parts in a coordinated way and to handle objects skillfully; capacity to use the body to create a performance or solve a problem Spatial Intelligence
"Art Smart" Ability to recognize patterns and relationships in physical space and manipulate them mentally Interpersonal Intelligence
"People Smart" Capacity to understand other people's moods, intentions, motivations, and desires Intrapersonal Intelligence
"Self Smart" Capacity to understand your own feelings, motivations, strengths, weaknesses Naturalist Intelligence
"Nature Smart" Sensitivity to natural world; ability to make distinctions among and classify features of plants, animals, and other aspects of the environment Existential Intelligence Concern with ultimate issues, such as philosophical beliefs about life and death; related to spiritual intelligence Spiritual Intelligence
*Tentative Capacity to explore the nature of existence in all of its manifestations Moral Intelligence
*Tentative Concern with rules, behaviors, and attitudes that govern the sanctity of life; connected to spiritual and existential intelligence Taking the Multiple Intelligence Inventory gives a person their individual intelligence profile, which shows their strengths and weaknesses among the intelligences. What Does the Theory of Multiple Intelligences Mean for Teachers? To effectively teach all students and maximize learning in the classroom, teachers must learn how to best teach toward each type of intelligence. Schools already teach to linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences.
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