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Applying Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory
A review of Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and its application.
# 153364 | 1,048 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 26, 2013 in Psychology (Theory) , Education (General)

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The paper provides an introduction to Howard Gardner and his theory on multiple intelligences and outlines his eight kinds of intelligence. The paper points out that Gardner has never alleged that multiple intelligence (MI) theory is the ultimate description of human cognitive capacities; it just provides a better understanding of the variety and scope of human cognitive feats than do competing accounts. The paper discusses how traditional IQ tests have been connected with linguistic and logical scholastic achievement, but are far less reliable indicators of real-world success. The paper considers the application of the theory and argues that a MI approach demands a new paradigm among researchers and educators, requiring an interdisciplinary perspective, cultural sensitivity, and an interactionist-dynamic research methodology. The paper also notes that Gardner has taken the position that educators are in the best position to determine the uses to which MI theory can and should be put.

Discussion of Theory

From the Paper:

"It has been observed that people are smart in different ways and Howard Gardner, through his theory on multiple intelligences, is a pioneer in framing the concept of "how people are smart as opposed to how smart they are," (McCoog, 2010). Gardner's work has provided a description of individuals in terms of eight different computational capacities. His eight kinds of intelligence are: 1) visual-spatial, 2) verbal-linguistic, 3) logical-mathematical, 4) bodily-kinesthetic, 5) musical, 6) interpersonal, 7) intrapersonal, and 8) naturalistic.
"Spatial intelligence deals with the ability to visualize with the mind's eye. Those with this type of intelligence include artists, designers and architects. Persons with spatial intelligence are also very good at puzzles. Linguistic intelligence has to do with a person's ability to use the spoken or written word. People of high verbal-linguistic intelligence are good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence tend to learn foreign languages easily. Logical-mathematical intelligence has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning, and numbers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Doorey, M. (2001, April 6). Gardner, Howard Earl (1943- ) Gale Encyclopedia of psychology, 2nd ed. Gale Group. Retrieved April 1, 2011 from
  • Gardner, H. (1995, November). Reflections on multiple intelligences. Phi delta kappan, Vol. 77, Issue 3, 200-208. Retrieved April 1, 2011 from
  • Gardner, H. & Moran, M. (2006). The science of multiple intelligences theory: A response to Lynn Waterhouse. Educational psychology, 41, (4), 227-232. Retrieved April 1, 2011 from
  • McCoog, I.J. (2010, May). Existential learner. Clearing house, Vol. 83, Issue 4, 126-128. Retrieved April 1, 2011 from

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