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The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

What is the theory of multiple intelligences and how can this theory apply to children and adults?

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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 ...

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In this answer, I explain Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. I discuss how this theory can be applied to children in a preschool classroom as well as to adults in real-life situations such as finding a suitable job.