Learning Styles: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

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There are many intelligences described to us through our lives, all over the world. Does in-telligence decide what we do with our lives, or is one intelligence more important than any other? When we look at Merriam-Webster (2013) for the definition of intelligence it states that it is the ability to learn different or new actions dependent on circumstances involved. So, who decides what intelligence is, and do we know if emotional intelligence, personal intelligence or any other intelligence plays a part in the different styles of learning. Let us explore the effects that intelli-gence has on people, and how emotional intelligence plays a more important role than we think.

The phrase multiple intelligence stems from different studies done by people dedicated to finding resolution and more detailed information on what intelligence really means. Pfiefer (1999) states that people look at intelligence many different ways. Graibeh (2012) identifies with studies showing intelligence is broken down by domains in the brain, left and right. Smith (2008) also breaks down the multiple kinds of intelligence by the way the brain is used. The multiple in-telligence varies by each style of learning, each defined from the referenced individuals, some of them are similar to each other but named different and others not so much alike. Linguistic intel-ligence also known as language intelligence, and emotional intelligence are stated in both articles from Smith (2008) “Howard Gardner, multiple intelligence and education”, and Pfeifer (1999) “Understanding intelligence”. Other types of intelligence identified are spatial intelligence, math-ematical intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, artificial intelligence, and b...

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