Application of Multiple Intelligence Theory in Academics

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“Application of Multiple Intelligence Theory in Academics of budding intellects”

Intelligences are sometimes innate and sometimes it depends on the culture and environment in which a person grows up. But intelligences can be developed. In order to enable our students face the challenges of professional life, they need to constantly bombared by a variety of challenges.

Multiple Intelligence Theory was proposed by Dr. Howard Gardner in his book ‘Frames of Mind: The Theory of multiple Intelligences’ in the year 1983. The theory states that every individual has eight set of intelligences in varying ranges. Students have their own set of Intelligences and if those areas can be identified, learning process can be more dynamic and effective. Learners with linguistic Intelligence have the ability to memorize sentences and words better. They have flair in learning different languages comparatively faster. Students with logical –mathematical Intelligence are good at analyzing data and interpreting information in a logical sequence. Spatial Intelligence endows a person with the ability to visualize. Kinesthetic Intelligence enables one to perform well in Games and Sports and also the various forms of dance. People with musical Intelligence have a musical bent of mind. The ones with Interpersonal skills have strong social awareness and are extroverts. People with intrapersonal skills have self awareness and work well individually. The ones with Naturalistic Intelligence prefer to be close to nature. Education can be individualized, with the application of this theory.

Soft Skills are said to be social skills, people skills or life skills. Soft Skills is one of the core papers at ICFAI National College Curriculum. We train our students in Corporate Etiquette and Communication Skills. Our students are Managers of tomorrow. We need to cater to the Industry requirements, when it comes to placements of our students and being soft skills trainers, we have been entrusted with responsibility of fuller development of the students’ intellect and personality. But the question arises here is that how to mould the behavior of the students drastically in just 33 sessions that we get. Students come from diverse social, economical, geographical and cultural backgrounds. They have their own attitudes, behavior, personalities and intelligent. How can we identify their strengths and weaknesses for better performances and placements? Students are also not responsible for their behavior or intelligent. Environment gives shape to a person’s skills, abilities, beliefs and also intellect. No human being is born perfect. The atmosphere at home, behavior of parents, kind of school they study, the kind of books they read, the kind of films or TV. programs they watch, the kind of friends they maintain and the extended society adds ingredients to the development of the attitude or intellect of a student. So, when we are entrusted the responsibility of grooming a class of heterogeneous students and create equal opportunities for learning, we need to be extra cautious. This involves immense responsibility and sensibility. But to train them, or counsel them or to modify their behavior, we need to understand them. But the question again arises, how we can understand them. In soft skills classrooms, education needs to be personalized, because every human being is different from each other. We cannot just grade the students saying that one of them is brilliant and others are dumb, this is injustice. However such categorization is done continuously in the society. Can everyone be good in mathematics, than how come, we have so many singers and musicians, or sport persons? This implies that everyone has different interests. However because of societal, parental and peer pressure, often they fall prey to wrong career decisions. However again this is also to be considered that how can we identify...
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