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Multiple Intelligences and Portfolios: A Window into the Learners Mind [Paperback]

Evangeline H Stefanakis
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June 27, 2002 0325003637 978-0325003634 5 - 13 years

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences suggests that culture, language, and environment all influence how an individual's intelligence is expressed. In this guide, Evangeline Stefanakis provides concrete suggestions for translating Gardner's theory into curriculum and assessment practices in the context of urban classrooms. By combining the collection and analysis of student work in comprehensive portfolios, she offers a framework for teachers to improve the assessment of diverse individuals.

Stefanakis is especially well suited to the task of combining theory, philosophy, and practice on this topic. She has helped teachers, teacher educators, and school leaders understand both MI theory and how to use portfolios to personalize their teaching to better serve all students, including those who are bilingual and have disabilities. She worked with the Harvard Project Zero on the Massachusetts Schools Network on a three-year effort to implement schoolwide portfolio assessment in thirteen urban and rural schools. The contents of this book, which include principal and teacher stories from the Cambridgeport School, grew directly from this experience.

In eight concise chapters, Stefanakis takes teachers through proven strategies for creating personal student profiles and portfolios as "windows into learners' minds." Her book provides:

  • a positive focus on children's assets-what they do know, rather than what they don't
  • a guide on applying the theory of multiple intelligences to personalize learning
  • short, practical, classroom-based content on implementing portfolios (Grades K-8)
  • proven ways for teachers to expand their practices for reaching an even wider, more diverse, and challenging range of learners by differentiating instruction
  • a companion dual-platform CD-ROM featuring a range of student portfolios and reproducible assessment forms.

Understanding what students bring to the learning environment and how to accommodate their needs has challenged educators for generations. Here is an important addition to the literature on multiple intelligences and on practices that recognize, honor, and embrace children's diversity.

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Evangeline Harris Stefanakis teaches at Lesley College and is a research associate at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her current work, with educators and schools, focuses on assessing and teaching diverse learners in bilingual, special education, and community-based programs.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 13 years
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (June 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325003637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325003634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the book that teachers need to read when thinking about how to assess kids using the theory of multiple intelligences (MI theory). It provides lots of practical tips, teacher anecdotes, forms, guidelines, and examples to steer any teacher from kindergarten through high school toward documenting a child's progress in school in all subject areas in a way that celebrates their multiple intelligences. The book includes excellent contributions from Lynn Stuart, principal of the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Jill Harrison Berg, a middle-school teacher at the school, regarding how MI and assessment work together effectively in a way that honors children's lives in a public school setting. Of particular value is the CD which comes with the book, which includes examples of different student portfolios showing samples of math, reading, writing, art, and projects in science, social studies, and other areas. What I especially love about the book is its respectful and gentle attitude toward kids. Most assessment approaches in education are disempowering and alienating to children. In such cases the teacher exercises arbitrary power over the student: plucking work from the child's hands, sitting in judgement over it, and then summarily throwing it back on the child's desk. This book is quite different. It suggests that the teacher assess in the true sense of the word (assess actually means "to sit beside"), by sitting alongside of the child, going through her work, and helping her to articulate her own understandings of what she has created. The author of this book, Harvard professor Dr. Evangeline Harris Stefanakis has worked directly with the creator of the theory of multiple intelligences, Dr. Read more ›
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