Denise M. Johnson
Instructor: Kara O’Brian
October 13, 2011
Mine and Howard Gardner’s Personal View on Early Childhood Education
Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences has been grasped by the education community as a wonderful and meaningful way to account for the knowledge that: “we are not all the same, we do not all have the same kinds of minds, and education works most effectively for most individuals if…human differences are taken seriously” (Gardner, 1995, p. 208). Gardner defines intelligence as “the ability to find and solve problems and create products of value in one’s culture” (Campbell, 1992, p. 197). Howard Gardner’s personal views on Early Childhood Education and mine are very similar.
Mr. Gardner as well as I, has a strong belief that all children possess all eight of the Multiple Intelligences, and are capable of developing them to an adequate extent. These eight intelligences are as follows: Linguistic Intelligence, (“word smart”), Logical-mathematical, (“number/reasoning smart”), Spatial Intelligence, (“picture smart”), Bodily-Kinesthetic-Intelligence, (“body smart”), Musical, (“music smart”), Interpersonal, (“people smart”), Intrapersonal, (“self- smart”), and Naturalist, (“nature smart”). All eight of these intelligences are very important to a child’s learning experiences in many aspects in the classroom and at home. The linguistic Intelligence gives a child the thought process of learning all types of words from all kinds of tools. They may hear a word listening to a story, talking to other classmates, in a song and they remember the word because they associate it with an activity. The logical-mathematical intelligence falls into the category of children reasoning with many different ways of learning about numbers. A child can associate many things to numbers, such as counting their fingers, counting blocks as they stack them, and even counting how many pieces of candy they are given. Spatial Intelligence is when a child thinks in their mind and sees pictures. This is the way in which they perceive the visual world accurately, and recreate or even maybe alter in the mind or on paper. This type of intelligence is amplified in many artists, architects, sculptures, and designers. Now Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is a little different from the other intelligences, it relies more on a person’s body mechanics instead of mind control. This intelligence gives one the ability to use their body in a skilled way, for self- expression or toward a goal. This type of intelligence is seen in people that like to dance, actresses, athletes, and even mimes to name a few. Musical Intelligence is the ability to understand and create music just from one’s own mind and thoughts. Most people with this specific intelligence; although I believe almost everyone has some type of musical vibe, is a musician, composer of sorts, or a dancer. I have yet to see a child that did not relate to some type of music whether in the classroom, home, or anywhere music maybe playing. A person that has Interpersonal Intelligence gives them the ability to perceive and understand other individuals. They are capable of understanding other’s moods, desires, and motivations. This is the intelligence where teachers are involved, parents that are in tune with their children, some politicians and therapists use this intelligence to help their clients. There is also the Intrapersonal Intelligence that allows a person to understand their own emotions. Sometimes one may find answers they are looking for by reading about...