Howard Gardner’s Theory
of Multiple Intelligences
• Definition of Intelligence: the ability to gain
knowledge, apply knowledge, manipulate
one’s environment, and think abstractly.
• Gardner believed individuals use eight
different intelligences to perceive and
understand the world.
• In the classroom the students will use
different types of intelligence to gain and use
• Gardner suggests that instructional methods
should include a variety of activities that
support all intelligences.
– Ex. Physical education, role-playing, arts,
cooperative learning, and creative play.
Classroom Implications Cont.
• Teachers and other
should also use a
variety of methods
to test and assess
• A classroom filled with children with different
types of intelligences requires a diverse set of
tools to absorb information.
• Example: A child might learn visually and use a
computer game or power point presentation
to learn the best.
• Example: A child is musically intelligent and
uses songs and rhymes from a CD or computer
to memorize information.
For my own teaching…
• When I become a
teacher, I will look for
the signs of different
intelligences within my
classroom and try to
adjust my lessons to
help the students learn
in the best way
– Shelly, Gunter, Gunter. Integrating Technology and
Digital Media in the Classroom. 2010 Course
– Meece, Daniels. Child and Adolescent
Development for Educators. McGraw Hill, 2008.