Prior to engaging in this discussion please read the “Multiple Intelligences” article, read “Chapter 1: In a Nutshell” from Multiple Intelligences, watch the Theory of Multiple Intelligences video, and review any relevant Instructor Guidance. This guidance can be very helpful as it may include strategies that support your preferred learning.
Traditionally, someone who is intelligent is defined as an individual who can solve problems, use logic to answer questions, and think critically. However, psychologist Howard Gardner has created a much broader definition of intelligence called Multiple Intelligences, which is more focused on our areas of learning preferences. For this discussion, please complete the following:
- Demonstrate an understanding of intelligence and learning in the framework of Gardner by comparing and contrasting the traditional definition of intelligence (IQ) with the multiple intelligences model.
- Thinking critically about these difference, comment on how Gardner’s ideas about learning preferences might change the way some assess a person’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Do these ideas significantly affect this type of evaluation?
- Apply the principles of multiple intelligences (MI) to the following questions:
- If you were to assign multiple intelligences to yourself, what would it be, would you assign yourself more than one area, and why?
Which of the MIs do you think are most valued by schools and society? Why?
On what evidence, including personal experiences, do you base your opinions?
If work environments recognized multiple intelligences, how might training, counseling, or classroom activities be revised to address these principles?
How might an understanding of multiple intelligences change the ways in which you view your own abilities or the abilities of your family members, peers, or co-workers?