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Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice Paperback – July 4, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book is like so many other books in this way: the incremental new insights are available in the first several chapters. ThereafterPublished 1 month ago by Larry P Kunz
The delivery of the book was as expected, and the material inside the book will be very useful.Published 3 months ago by doc ski
This book introduced me to "Multiple Intelligences" although I did not have much theoretical knowledge in the subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Howard L Ganong Jr
For anyone interested in school leadership or improving our schools, this book is a must-read. Howard Gardner is a genius, yet this book is immensely readable and relatable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dch822