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The Importance of Multiple Intelligence Theory

Howard Gardner (1983) is a very important theorist for students, teachers, and education. His work with multiple intelligences allows students to realize their strengths in learning and gives teachers the opportunity to understand the dynamics of the classroom. The nine intelligences include; spatial/visual, bodily/kinesthetic, musical, verbal/linguistic, naturalistic, logical/mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and existentialist. Gardnerís theory of multiple intelligences involves the use of these intelligences in student learning to emphasize their strengths and aid success. It is geared towards the encouragement of students to use their talents and strengths to learn and interact with the content.

The Multiple Intelligences At A Glance

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In using the theory of multiple intelligences as a base in any classroom and by adding technology, educators can allow students to use their strongest intelligence in order to understand and learn best. Classrooms should incorporate more technology for in-class assignments and learning, as some students require different teaching and learning strategies in order to fully grasp ideas and succeed.

This chart shows the nine intelligences, possible career paths and learning styles for students exhibiting each intelligence.

The data in this chart is from, McCoog, I. J. (2007, September/October). Integrated instruction: Multiple intelligences and technology. Clearing House, 81(1), 25-28. Retrieved May 20, 2008, from Wilson Web database.

We need to see the importance in the theory of multiple intelligences and plan lessons around the needs of students. It has become evident that students need to be given the opportunity to complete assignments and be assessed using different forms of technology as a means of learning.