August 15, 2022

An Overview of Multiple Intelligence

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Did you know that each person has a unique intelligence and that we thrive in certain learning environments, while struggle in others? Did you know that some persons are genius in several.areas and dulard in some? That is where the flurries of intelligence comes to play.

There are eight several types of intelligence, as put forth by Howard Gardner. People can have uneven and varying degrees of each intelligence, and they can change over time.

Teachers can use multiple intelligences in the classroom for the benefit and advantage of their students by customizing lessons, teachings, classroom layouts and assignments for these multiple intelligences.
Keep reading to find out about all eight intelligences, how to implement multiple intelligences in the classroom, and how to benefit from them.

What is the Multiple Intelligences Theory?

The Multiple Intelligences Theory throws away the idea that intelligence is one sort of general ability and argues that there are actually eight types of intelligence. One is not more important than the other, but some may help people succeed at different things while providing an assessment at the intersection between social, emotional, and adversity.
For example, a person with high musical intelligence and low visual-spatial intelligence may succeed in music class, but may struggle in art class. Unarguably right?  

With research-based findings, I came to realize that the Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence first came up with the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. Gardner argues that there are eight types of intelligence, far more than the standard intelligent Quotient (I.Q.) test can account for.
He goes on to say that these multiple intelligences “challenge an educational system that assumes that everyone can learn the same materials in the same way and that a uniform, universal measure suffices to test student learning.”
Gardner argues that schools, educational institutions and teachers should teach in a way that supports all types of intelligences, not just the traditional ones such as linguistic and logical intelligences. 

The Eight types of Intelligences

  1. Linguistic Intelligence (“word smart”)
  2. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (“number/reasoning smart”)
  3. Visual-Spatial Intelligence (“picture smart”)
  4. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (“body smart”)
  5. Musical Intelligence (“music smart”)
  6. Interpersonal Intelligence (“people smart”)
  7. Intrapersonal Intelligence (“self smart”)
  8. Naturalist Intelligence (“nature smart”)

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Adeyinka Meduoye

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