Paul R. Smith
Instructor: Carlton Bowden
Gardner’s Intelligence Paper Howard Gardner a Harvard graduate has a theory about intelligence that states he believes there are seven different types of intelligence. Gardner says that these differences "challenge an educational system that assumes that everyone can learn the same materials in the same way and that a uniform, universal measure suffices to test student learning. Indeed, as currently constituted, our educational system is heavily biased toward linguistic modes of instruction and assessment and, to a somewhat lesser degree, toward logical-quantitative modes as well." Gardner argues that "a contrasting set of assumptions is more likely to be educationally effective. Students learn in ways that are identifiably distinctive. The broad spectrum of students - and perhaps the society as a whole - would be better served if disciplines could be presented in a numbers of ways and learning could be assessed through a variety of means." The learning styles are as follows: (2009, Carla Lane, Ed. D). The seven types he believes to exist are linguistics, musical, logical-mathematical, naturalist, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal. According to Gardner’s theory through all of these things we can understand the world with an understanding of ourselves, other individuals through these sub types of intelligence. The only catch to this theory is that very few people are very highly intelligent in all seven categories but we all should be strong in at least one of these categories. Some people may be elevated in two or even three of these different types of intelligences. This paper is going to explain three of these seven intelligence and explain how they have related to my personal success throughout my life. The three different types of intelligences that have aided me through my life and helped make me successful is visual spatial, musical, and intrapersonal. Visual spatial think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, day dream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs and other visual aids.. (2009, Carla Lane, Ed. D) This is not my strongest intelligence but it has guided me well as I have always been more of a verbal learning sort of person than anything else.
Musical intelligent individuals show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may even study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, and tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, and other forms of multimedia. (2009, Carla Lane, Ed. D) The musical intelligence is my strongest it has aided me in life due to the fact that I have been able to play several musical instruments from the time I could walk and read music as early as I could read. I could easily see myself being a musician someday or at least teach music to others in some form or another.
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