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Theory of multiple intelligences

The theory of multiple intelligences differentiates intelligence into specific 'modalities', rather than seeing intelligence as dominated by a single general ability. Howard Gardner proposed this model in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. According to the theory, an intelligence must fulfill eight criteria:

  1. support from experimental psychology, and
  2. support from psychometric findings.

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The first intelligence is linguistic intelligence. This is when the person learns best by verbal communication. They are also great at learning languages and using them to express themselves through writings or speeches. Logical- mathematical intelligence uses a lot of logic and problem solving to learn. Someone with this intelligence will learn best by analyzing problems and using mathematical operations to find answers. Numbers, patterns, and logic help someone with this intelligence learn effectively. The next intelligence is musical intelligence, where using rhythms and beats can help a person learn. They usually have interests in musical instruments and performances as well. Bodily- kinesthetic intelligence involves learning by doing physical movements and using motor control skills. Someone with a strong bodily-kinesthetic intelligence will learn more by doing rather than seeing or hearing. Someone with spatial intelligence will learn more by visualizing and recognizing patterns. The next intelligence is interpersonal. Someone with a strong interpersonal intelligence will work well with groups of people. They will be good with communicating with others and understanding another person’s train of thought well. Intrapersonal is the last intelligence where the person is aware of themselves. They are able to analyze their strengths, weaknesses, and have good self-awareness.

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