Gardner's Theory

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There are three basic learning styles that we have identified as to how we learn but have you considered the actual learning process of the human brain? Through much dedicated research, Harvard Graduate Howard Gardner produced a theory in the 1980’s on the way the human brain retains the information it is taught. His theory was made up of seven different types of intelligence. These intelligence’s, referred to as Gardner’s Theory, are logical-mathematical, linguistic, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. His research continued in 1999 resulting in the eighth and ninth theories, naturalistic and existential. Gardner’s Theory argues that the human brain has different access points for different types of learning. His interest in this study came from his desire to understand the organization of human abilities in the human brain, how they develop, how they work together, and how they break down under pathological conditions. Gardner’s theory also argues that students will have more opportunity at a successful education when they are taught through different methodologies, activities and exercises, not just the standard levels on which they are in school. Gardner’s theory states that individuals engage in learning through seven different intelligences. The logical-mathematical intelligence is that of the scientific and mathematical thinker and the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. The linguistic intelligence is the ability to express one’s self effectively through manipulating language. The spatial intelligence is the ability to create mental images in order to assist in solving problems. The musical intelligence is the ability to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones and rhythms. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence supports the ability to use ones mental ability to coordinate one’s own bodily movement. Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and differentiate the feelings of...
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