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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (July 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465047688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465047680
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award in education. In 2000, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Customer Reviews

MI theory is very good example of genius simplicity!
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Howard Gardner summarizes his mulitple intelligences theory first introduced in his 1983 book Frames of Mind.
R. B. Williams
This book is a must read for any educator, any legislator, or any parent.
Thomas E. Crawford

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Navid Lashkarian on December 18, 2007
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Gardner is a witty author with strikingly brilliant mind and admirable reverence toward the human divinity. In his book, Gardner manifests the notion of intelligence, as a bio-psychological potential, a computational capacity and a mental chemistry set and subsequently sheds lights on the commonly misconceived concept of intelligence as a one-dimensional human potential, characterized by the g or IQ metrics.

With his eloquent style, Gardner articulates the social, educational and psychological impacts of the multiple-intelligence theory rendering speculation on how intelligence shows its multifaceted attributes in various forms such as Mathematical-Logical, Kinesthetic, Musical, IntEr-personal, IntrA-personal, Linguistic, Spatial, Naturalistic and Existentialist abilities.

Upon reading the book, I found some interesting answers to my life-long inquiries regarding to the intelligence such as;

1. Why individuals with strong abilities in certain areas of mathematics, such as algebra or probability theory do not necessarily indicate strengths in other areas of mathematical sciences such as geometry or topology?

2. How the society can take advantage of the MI theory to bridge between the ethical values and individuals' capacities.

3. How a creative educator can achieve the "understanding" by exercising various avenues, such as foundational, quantitative, aesthetic, logical and existential methods to stir and incite the human intellect.

Gardner makes no effort to back up his hypothesis through psychometric experiments and I believe he has done this deliberately.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amy M. Earls on March 4, 2009
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While Howard Gardner has a wonderful theory with multiple intelligences (MI) that makes more sense than anything we've ever been taught about education, the reading is really dry. That being said, he does say that he is first and foremost a psychologist, and his writings are written for fellow psychologists. The theory is good as long as you can get through the monotone in which he writes. A much better choice would be Ken Robinson's "The Element." He expands upon the MI theory in much easier to understand terms.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2008
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It was in 1983 that Howard Gardner first decided to challenge the established view of a monolithic intelligence with the book Frames of Mind. In that book, Gardner posited that there are (at least) seven relatively seperate and autonomous intelligences. And 25 years later, this theory is still setting the education world ablaze.

The discipline of psychology, however, has been a bit less enthusiastic. They, much more than educators, demand hard evidence in order for a theory claiming to be scientific is accepted as such. Is Garnder's theory testable? If so, has it undergone such testing? Can these intelligences (including 'musical' and 'naturalistic') be measured by objective standards? If not, is it an adequate substitute to the reigning model of 'general intelligence' which, with all its flaws, IS measurable in such a way?

In this book, Gardner sets out to expand upon his 25 year old theory and, in so doing, answer some of the preceeding questions. Some will be disappointed and some will be encouraged by his answers.

The first section of the book devotes itself largely to questions of MI Theory's methodological standing.

Several chapters - particularly towards the beginning of the book - seek to answer objections to MI theory. As to the question of whether the theory can be called scientific, Gardner reluctantly answers a "no." He writes MI theory "intermediary status" between a philosophy and a predictive science. He suggests, though, that it can be put in a similar category with plate tectonics and evolution, in the sense that neither theory is a predictive sceince in a falsifiable sense (which is mistaken, as both are tested by retrodictions and, in evolution's case, also by predictions).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. Sola on September 22, 2011
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I was first introduced to Howard Gardner about 25 years ago by a director of a private school whose whole curriculum was to understand children's learning styles, and create curriculum for teachers to play to the strengths of children and support them in dealing with their weaknesses. The problems with the US Educational System is that it only caters to two intelligence domains, leaving other talented children feeling like they have no talents or gifts. This is a must read for all parents and a challenge to all teachers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on March 5, 2011
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"Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons" author Howard Gardner. Basic Books (Perseus Group). New York, 2006. ISBN: 978-0-465-04768-0. PB 300/256. 9 1/4" x 6" Contents: 3 Chaps. 4 pgs., Intro. 3 pgs., Append. ABCD 35 pgs., Sub. & Name Indices 8 pgs., Index 9 pgs. Inveiglements: one MI cartoon.

Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor in cognition & education, is a prolific writer whose works include the 1983 "Frames of Mind".

This book contains virtually every detailed thought Gardner's considered since conceptualizing the idea of multiple intelligences, this edition an update from 1st edition of 1993. We are told his research began in the 1970's, was nearly complete in 1980 and espoused in "Frames of Mind" in 1983, and updated herein, etc. A very brief history of early inquiries into defining and measuring IQ is given, then it extends into diverse outliers: music, bodily-kinesthetics, logical-math, linguistics, inter- and intra-personal intelligences, etc., referencing some notables (Helen Keller, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Babe Ruth, Yehudi Menuhin, Barbara McClintock) as examples and leads to three conclusions: everyone has a full range of intelligences (potentially), person to person intellectual profiles differ based on experiences, and use or abuse of abilities depends on motivations.

Gardner unabashedly claims responsibility for theory of multiple intelligences and of the fame his theory attained. MI theory holds everyone has eight or more intelligences.
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