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The Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Preschool

How can you incorporate multiple intelligences in a pre-school classroom? What influences do the theorites on mulitple intelligences have on differentiated instruction? What are some wasy to assess student's knowledge, interests, and background in the pre-school setting?

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The theory of multiple intelligences is based on the work of Howard Gardner. He has identified eight different intelligences, which all people use to learn about the world around them. Everybody uses all eight intelligences, however people learn in different ways because each individual has certain intelligences which are stronger than others.

The eight intelligences are: visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, logical-mathematical, and naturalistic. (The eighth was added more than a decade after Gardner first developed his theory.) Traditional schools tend to value linguistic intelligence (reading and writing) and logical-mathematical. Students who do not have strengths in those particular areas of intelligence ...

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This article summarizes Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. Each of the eight intelligences are identified and ways to incorporate them into a preschool classroom are explained. In addition, I discuss ways to assess the knowledge and interests of preschool children in relation to the theory of multiple intelligences.