Multiple Intelligences - know the learning style
In the world of teaching and learning math, the term Multiple Intelligences crops up again and again, and the relevance of it is increasing every day as we try to learn about the learners. As an educator, I read many resources related to this theory in the past, and have answered MI inventories with a verdict about my intelligences, but I don't know what to do with this information. The above image is based on the Multiple Intelligences Theory by Dr. Howard Gardner, which explains the theory in a nutshell, if you are in a hurry. But it is worth spending some time trying to understand this theory before you envelop yourself, your child or students in it.
In the world of internet, you will find numerous website and blogs explaining the theory of MI according to the writer's interpretation of it. You will find many inventories and tests to measure your multiple intelligences. To correctly understand this theory, it is important to read or listen to what Dr. Gardner has to say. Please explore the links below.
Official Authoritative Site for Multiple Intelligences
This website has many resources linked to the studies and Dr. Gardner's ideology in relation to the theory of MI. It provides you links to blogs, questions, practices (good practices and malpractices) and tons of resources elated to the theory of Multiple Intelligences, i.e., links to books, videos, websites and papers (PDFs).
Don't miss the section "WHAT MI Am I?". And yes, it also explains all the intelligences in a very simple manner under the Multiple Intelligences link on the home page.
This website talks about all the work of Dr. Gardner. All his work is related to how our mind works. In some way or the other, it seems related to the theory of multiple intelligences in some way or the other. There are tons of links to books, papers, videos, schedule of his future appearance, some related websites under "LINKS", and FAQs - responses to the questions people generally ask him.
This Oct 16, 2013 Washington Post article by Valerie Strauss includes Dr, Gardner's explanation of how MI are not the same as Learning Styles. It talks about how style and senses are confused together as learning styles. In the end he draws three primary lessons for educators that many of us are already trying to integrate into our instructional practices in our classrooms.
On this website, John Dixon and Alastair D. McPhee from University of Glasglow explain and critique Dr. Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. They talk about the educational implications of this theory, and our obsession with the curriculums. It is interesting to read someone else's perspective and connections to the MI theory.
In the end, here is an online test created by Birmingham Grid for Learning. You can take this multiple choice test and get your result in a few minutes. Remember that Dr. Gardner has not created any assessment for this for a reason. If you haven't read this already, then please read about his stand on MI Tests - WHAT MI AM I?