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Frames Of Mind: The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences Paperback – April 21, 1993
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Gardner begins his discussion with an overview of the idea of multiple intelligences. The idea of different kinds of intelligence is hardly new, as Gardner concedes, but that idea having been formed, it is rarely carried forward save by the most innovative of teachers and thinkers. Why does a person, for instance, remember particular teachers from elementary or secondary school days rather clearly, while others not at all? Beyond the subject matter and interest, there is a manner of teacher connecting with the student that taps into dominant and active kinds of intelligence, despite the subject matter at hand.
Potential Isolation by Brain Damage
This establishes an autonomy of the function of a particular kind of intelligence from others, thus helping demonstrate uniqueness and separation.
The Existence of Idiot Savants, Prodigies, etc.
That certain kinds of intelligence can be highly developed in some to an extraordinary level also helps demonstrate uniqueness - for instance, rarely is the musical genius likewise a genius in all (or even many) other intellectual areas.Read more ›
Musicians, for instance, must perpetually employ "kinesthetic intelligence" as well as "musical intelligence" simply to manipulate their instruments or voices. There is also frequent overlapping between "musical intelligence" and "linguistic intelligence". The great tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins stressed the importance of playing the lyrics, or using the words of a composition to guide the way he played. Certainly for blues, folk and rap performers it is impossible to separate language from music. Conversely, writers use musical elements such as rhythm, repetition and assonance in their work. The same elements are an integral part of spoken language (with the addition of performative vocal musical qualities), as demonstrated by great orators such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Roosevelt.
From an evolutionary standpoint, our language and music abilities certainly evolved from the same behaviors (various calls, cries and groans for communication, bonding and display) and became more specialized over time; separating them into two distinct intelligences is a blunt, inaccurate approach for understanding them.
There are many other examples of how inextricably bound Gardner's proposed modes of thinking are.Read more ›
If I had to make one criticism of the book it would be his writing style. His audience is the educational theorist, and at times the book can be somewhat difficult to comprehend - e.g. the chapter on the biological foundations of intelligence. But overall, it is a good resource.
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This book was awesome! Now I understand why I'm a moron! It's not my fault after all, it's the public school system! Feel the Bern!Published 8 days ago by ROB
This book does a great job of not only presenting the idea of intelligence transcending the IQ barrier, but also of presenting Gardner's concepts of intelligence, I would, however,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee P. Radke
This book changed my life. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the inner workings of the mind!!Published 8 months ago by DeRock
A lot of information that I have to think about. The first part is very technical but the reading on how different minds are tuned in to different abilities it is highly recommend... Read morePublished 9 months ago by truth
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