The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
American Military University
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences posed by Howard Gardner in1983, has changed the way many look at our style of education in schools and business. Gardner’s theory of seven different intelligences and developmental learning approach has become a revolutionary tool for our educators. Schools and business alike have found models that improve retention of material as well as fostering an environment that builds team work and overall improvement in classrooms and the work place.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, or MI, was first posed by Howard Garner PH.D, in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983). In this theory, Gardner suggests traditional views were limited in perspective to human learning. Gardner theorized that all people use one or a combination of his purposed seven intelligences; Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Spatial/visual, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal. Years later Gardner would theorize two more intelligences; Naturalistic and Existential intelligence. (Gardner, 1983)
Howard Earl Gardner, Ph.D. was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on July 11, 1943. Gardner completed his Bachelors in social relations at Harvard University in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1971 for Social and Developmental Psychology at Harvard University as well. Gardner began pursing a law degree, but was inspired by the writings of world renowned psychologist Jean Piaget, to study developmental psychology. Gardner is the Professor of Cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of 29 books, received honorary degrees from 29 colleges and universities. He is currently a board member at Amherst College, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City