Staying Power

Viadero, Debra
June 2003
Education Week;6/4/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 39, p24
The article discusses various aspects of the theory of multiple intelligences, propounded by Howard Gardner. In 1983, when Gardner published 'Frames of Mind,' the first book to describe his theory of multiple intelligences, he was not expecting to create any sales records. It was educators and parents, rather than academics, who bought copies of the book and were influenced by his theory. Gardner explained his idea that people are endowed with seven separate, equally valid, forms of intelligence. The challenge for educators, Gardner argued, was to figure out how to utilize those intelligences in the classroom. Teachers might, for example, use one intellectual strength to support another and form a bridge for students to learn subject matter with less appeal for them. In individuals, Gardner suggested, all seven — or eight — intelligences are unevenly distributed, coexist, and can change over time. Some evidence supportive of his theory is reported from neuroscience, where researchers are using brain-imaging technology to study the neural pathways that are activated in the brain when people undertake different kinds of activities. Some of those studies suggest that language, musical abilities, the ability to use movement, and mathematical abilities may indeed operate through separate neural systems.


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