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Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on November 1, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/16/howard-gardner-multiple-intelligences-are-not-learning-styles/

Gardner now teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of  numerous books on intelligence and creativity. His new book  ”The App Generation,” co-authored with Katie Davis, explains how life for young people today is different than before the dawn of the digital age, and will be published on Oct. 22  by Yale University Press.

Gardner’s theory initially listed seven intelligences which  work together: linguistic, logical-mathematical,  musical,  bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal; he later added an eighth, naturalist intelligence and says there may be a few more.

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Excerpts from the blog entries under the article

Emily Sedlock

The idea that multiple intelligences and learning styles have become interrelated is so true. Learning about all the different types of intelligences and learning, it can be hard to keep them all straight. This article was helpful in pointing out the differences. Educators should be aware of these differences, so that they might be able to better teach their students.

GRoo

1) Learning
The basis:
- how how human capacities are represented in the brain,
Multiple Intelligences:
- a number of relatively independent mental faculties
- a number of relatively autonomous computers—[that compute] … information
A strong intelligence:
- an area where the person has considerable computational power
What matters
- the power of the mental computer, the intelligence, that acts upon that sensory information, once picked up
So “learning” = us[ing ... (different) cognitive faculties?
Q1: Is that ok to assume and say?
Q2: What of "dimensions" - cognitive processing (higher order thinking) and knowledge (concrete to abstract) and sense of self, or affect[ive]?

2) Teaching
- Individualize your teaching
- Pluralize your teaching. Teach important materials in several ways, …reach students who learn in different ways… [present] materials in various ways

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