Spatial Intelligence Essay

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Graphic artists, architects, and mapmakers are all examples of people who hold a spatially intelligent job. These people are typically very good at visualizing and mentally manipulating objects. At some point you may have known this person to be very artistically inclined or great at completing a jigsaw puzzle. Perhaps, this is the person in class who continuously asked you for help with their algebra but excelled in geometry. This is the criteria that define a person who has a visual-spatial intelligence. “In contemporary society, where globalization and technology are changing the way we live, new perceptions of intelligence and new definitions of what is intelligence are important concerns for modern educators. Spatial intelligence represents a set of behaviors that have at different times been deemed important but have in contemporary education been neglected (Diezman, Watters).” Why is this the case in the school system? The Education system has been based on what Gardner would say is a logical-quantitative influenced curriculum. It is expected that all students, if given the same material and taught equally the same, should be able to master the assigned material the same as their fellow classmates. Of course, we are not all the same and all people acquire information differently. Those children who do not have many of the characteristics of a logical-quantitative intelligent person tend to have problems with what the school would consider the “proper” exhibit of class material. These children then feel a sense of failure and may begin to think that they are just “stupid” when they may in fact be excellent learners with a different teaching strategy. As a spatial learner, I have always dreaded a class in which I was expected to sit in my desk and listen to the teacher ramble about history and a way of life that

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