An Analysis of the Educational Impact of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

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An Analysis of the Educational Impact of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

  1. 1. An Analysis of the Educational Impact of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences<br />By Richard X. Thripp<br />April 16, 2011<br />EDF 1005Prof. John Connor<br />Daytona State College<br />
  2. 2. Howard Gardner<br />
  3. 3. Howard Gardner<br />Howard Gardner:<br />Is a Harvard psychologist<br />A well-known proponent and researcher in multiple intelligences<br />Says overall intelligence is divided into eight independent categories<br />
  4. 4. Overview<br />The 8 categories are:<br />Linguistic intelligence<br />Logical-mathematical intelligence<br />Musical intelligence<br />Spatial intelligence<br />Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence<br />Interpersonal intelligence<br />Intrapersonal intelligence<br />Naturalist intelligence<br />
  5. 5. Overview<br />The 8 categories are: (examples)<br />Linguistic intelligence (poets)<br />Logical-mathematical intelligence (scientists)<br />Musical intelligence (violinists)<br />Spatial intelligence (sculptors)<br />Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence (dancers)<br />Interpersonal intelligence (therapists)<br />Intrapersonal intelligence (spiritualists)<br />Naturalist intelligence (biologists)<br />
  6. 6. Implications<br />Our school system, textbooks, and standardized tests tend to focus on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence while ignoring the six other intelligences<br />
  7. 7. Implications<br />The traditional model says students who are talented in one area of school tend to be talented in all the others, but the theory of multiple intelligences challenges tradition<br />
  8. 8. Implications<br />Some students are better at logical-mathematics than others, while others may specialize in pattern matching (naturalist intelligence) or some other area<br />
  9. 9. Implications<br />Field trips and sports programs may be more important than we realize, because they encourage bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and on-foot learning<br />
  10. 10. Applications<br />By dividing students into groups for team projects, teachers can foster interpersonal intelligence, and, indirectly, intrapersonal intelligence<br />
  11. 11. Applications<br />Ability grouping places students of similar aptitude and achievement together so they receive instruction targeted to their specialty<br />
  12. 12. Applications<br />Within-class ability grouping divides students in one class into groups, whereas between-class ability grouping divides all students in a whole grade into classes<br />
  13. 13. Applications<br />In middle and high school, tracking places students into classes on the basis of ability and career goals (an academic “track”), hopefully developing their preferred intelligences<br />
  14. 14. The Intelligences<br />
  15. 15. Linguistic Intelligence<br />Characterized by a sensitivity to language arts, the meaning of words, their order, and inflections<br />Examples:<br />Poet, linguist<br />
  16. 16. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence<br />Characterized by the ability to process long strings of information, complex reasoning, and recognize patterns in the world<br />Examples: Scientist, mathematician<br />
  17. 17. Musical Intelligence<br />Characterized by a sensitivity to pitch, melody, tone, rhythm, harmony, timbre, and other elements of music<br />Examples:<br />Composer, violinist<br />
  18. 18. Spatial Intelligence<br />Characterized by accurate three-dimensional perception of the world and the ability to control perceptions<br />Examples:<br />Sculptor, navigator<br />
  19. 19. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence<br />Characterized by a fine-tuned ability to use the body and to handle objects<br />Examples:<br />Dancer, athlete<br />
  20. 20. Interpersonal Intelligence<br />Characterized by an understanding of interpersonal relations an and understanding of others<br />Examples: Therapist, salesperson<br />
  21. 21. Intrapersonal Intelligence<br />Characterized by access to one’s own “feeling life,” and an understanding of one’s self<br />Examples: Philosopher, self-aware individual<br />
  22. 22. Naturalist Intelligence<br />Characterized by the ability to recognize similarities and differences in the physical world<br />Examples: Biologist, anthropologist<br />
  23. 23. Criticisms<br />While M.I.-theory is popular among educators, some critics say it has not been validated by research.<br />Others disagree that the different domains, such as spatial and naturalist, qualify as different forms of intelligences.<br />Either way, students need experience with each dimension to develop different skills and be well-rounded.<br />
  24. 24. Conclusion<br />Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences is a useful tool for explaining specialties and student achievement.<br />

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