Learning With Style

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In 1979 Howard Gardner started researching human potential, this research led to a book entitled “Frames of Mind” this book introduced the theory of multiple intelligences (Armstrong). The theory of multiple intelligences challenged the conventional idea that intelligence could be measured and scored by a simple test giving us an “IQ” number. (Armstrong) The theory of multiple intelligences propounds that intelligence can be found in many forms and that different learning methods are required for different intelligences.
Gardner identified 8 “intelligences”: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, mechanical-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal intrapersonal, and naturalist. (Armstrong) According to the theory: Linguistic intelligence involves an affinity for words and language. Logical-mathematical intelligence involves an affinity for number and patterns. Musical intelligence involves an affinity for music and sounds. Mechanical-kinesthetic intelligence involves the physical body, both in the terms of self-expression and in hands on activities such as: crafts, mechanics and sports. Spatial intelligence involves an affinity for colors, space, and form; it is often associated with artists. Interpersonal intelligence is defined by an empathic view of the world; those with this intelligence identify with others. Intrapersonal intelligence is defined by inner knowledge, those with this intelligence are in touch with themselves and have a capacity for self-awareness and self-discipline. Naturalist Intelligence is defined by the ability to identify and categorize the items in one’s environment (Armstrong). Gardner was quite conscious that many of his “Intelligences” were labeled “talents”. He argued that they were in fact intell...

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...huge step forward. The idea of holistic education, whether it be through learning styles or recognizing social and environmental factors, was undeniably born when Dr. Gardner first presented his theory of multiple intelligences.

Works Cited

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