What is the Theory of Multiple Intelligences (M.I.)?

“An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings.” Howard Gardner Frames of Mind (1983)

The following came from the cited web-page at the bottom. I want to put Learning Styles together with Multiple Intelligences so that you can see the correlation and incorporate them into your classroom with ease. I want to first have you see this simple introductory about each of the intelligences so you have a quick reference and then in latter posts I will connect them in parts so that the posts aren’t too lengthy. These are the Learning Styles I addressed in earlier posts: Visual, Social, Physical, Aural, Verbal, Solitary, and Logical.

Howard Gardner claims that all human beings have multiple intelligences. These multiple intelligences can be nurtured and strengthened, or ignored and weakened. He believes each individual has nine intelligences:

Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence — well-developed verbal skills and sensitivity to the sounds, meanings and rhythms of words

Mathematical-Logical Intelligence — ability to think conceptually and abstractly, and capacity to discern logical or numerical patterns

Musical Intelligence — ability to produce and appreciate rhythm, pitch and timber

Visual-Spatial Intelligence — capacity to think in images and pictures, to visualize accurately and abstractly

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence — ability to control one’s body movements and to handle objects skillfully

Interpersonal Intelligence — capacity to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others.

Intrapersonal Intelligence — capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes

Naturalist Intelligence — ability to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects in nature

Existential Intelligence — sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why do we die, and how did we get here.



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