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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Multiple Intelligences

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/multipleintelligences.html

 

Overview:  Theory One and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Gardner, 1985) begins with the premise that, barring physical disabilities (such as being hearing or visually impaired), all human beings have seven types of intelligences: visual spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, and logical-mathematic. While the pedagogies that have emerged (such as the idea of "learning styles", which posits that learners have dominant intelligences and learn best if we teach to those preferred learning styles (see, for example, Riener and Willingham (2010)) are slightly more controversial, we believe the underlying premise that all learners learn across the intelligences can be compelling.