Multiple Intelligences in the Online Classroom Research Paper

Multiple Intelligences in the Online Classroom
An overview of adapting Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences for use by adult learners online in distance education college courses.
# 146937 | 2,297 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper focuses on the growing area of distance learning, explaining that today's online college classroom provides new opportunities for adult learners. It also provides a new set of challenges, the paper admits, as the student pursing an education online must take responsibility for staying focused, maintaining a good work ethic, and creating an optimum learning environment with the materials provided by the online instructor. The paper also discusses ways of determining learning style, such as dividing people into groups by auditory, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic learning preferences, then breaking down the activities taken to accomplish learning into additional action and directional styles. The paper concludes that determining one's strongest multiple intelligences through engaging in activities that use the individual's skills and preferences will help guide the student towards developing a disciplined and successful method of learning.

From the Paper:

"It is important to note that Gardner's definition of intelligence differs significantly from the commonly held definition. Intelligence is generally defined as a person's ability to gain knowledge and express that knowledge by linguistic and logical methods. It is often measured through determining a person's intelligent quotient or IQ. Gardner (1983) redefined intelligence as, "...the ability to solve problems, or to create products that are valued within one or more cultural settings." (p.x). Multiple intelligences as defined by Gardner do not rely upon a determined source or verification through any sort of testing."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Armstrong, T. (1994). Multiple intelligences: Seven ways to approach curriculum. Educational Leadership, 52(3), 27. Retrieved from
  • Campbell, K. R., & Plevyak, L. H. (2008). Multiple intelligences: Analysis of a language arts curriculum. Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, 48(2), 53-58. Retrieved from
  • Conner, M. L.,. (2004). Learn more now : 10 simple steps to learning better, smarter, and faster. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley & Sons.
  • Gardner, H. (2009). Frequently asked questions. Retrieved September 28, 2009, from
  • Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind : The theory of multiple intelligences. New York: Basic Books.

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