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The Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

What are different types of intelligences proposed by "The Theory of Multiple Intelligences" and how do they impact an individual's learning style?

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Multiple Intelligences

In 1983 Howard Gardner of Harvard University, presented the Theory of Multiple Intelligences in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner's theory has many applications in the field of psychology; however, in this article we will discuss how teachers and trainers of adults can benefit from this theory in order to design and implement effective instructional programs.

It is evident from the research in the area of andragogy that students have different learning styles and instructional interventions that strive to achieve compatibility between learning and instructional styles are more successful. Educators and trainers, therefore, need to develop a better understanding of varying learning styles and use a variety of instructional techniques to accommodate needs of different learners. The concept of multiple intelligence greatly facilitates this process for educators by categorizing learners into seven distinct groups based on their learning style preferences.

Seven Intelligences & Effective Learning

1. Visual - Spatial

Students having dominant visual intelligence tend to think in terms of physical ...

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Individuals possess different types of intelligences that impact their learning styles. In order to develop and implement successful learning programs, educators need to understand different types of intelligences and what learning methods and tools will be most suitable for them.