Multiple Intelligences and Academic Excellence

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| Multiple Intelligences and Academic ExcellenceMultiple Intelligences is Howard Gardner’s psychological theory about people and their different types of intelligences (logical, visual, musical, etc.). There are seven Intelligences that each person has. A person may be has two or more dominant intelligences, and maybe there are some person have a balance intelligence for the seven intelligences.Howard Gardner initially formulated a list of seven intelligences. His listing was provisional. The first two have been typically valued in schools; the next three are usually associated with the arts; and the final two are what Howard Gardner called 'personal intelligences’. The types of Multiple Intelligence. Visual/Spatial Intelligence Ability to perceive the visual. These learners tend to think in pictures and need to create vivid mental images to retain information. They enjoy looking at maps, charts, pictures, videos, and movies.Their skills include:puzzle building, reading, writing, understanding charts and graphs, a good sense of direction, sketching, painting, creating visual metaphors and analogies (perhaps through the visual arts), manipulating images, constructing, fixing, designing practical objects, interpreting visual images.Possible career interests:Navigators, sculptors, visual artists, inventors, architects, interior designers, mechanics, engineers|

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Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence Ability to use words and language. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and are generally elegant speakers. They think in words rather than pictures.Their skills include:listening, speaking, writing, story telling, explaining, teaching, using humor, understanding the syntax and meaning of words, remembering information, convincing some one of their point of view, analyzing language usage.Possible career interests:Poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, translator|

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Logical/Mathematical Intelligence Ability to use reason, logic and numbers. These learners think conceptually in logical and numerical patterns making connections between pieces of information. Always curious about the world around them, these learners ask lots of questions and like to do experiments.Their skills include:problem solving, classifying and categorizing information, working with abstract concepts to figure out the relationship of each to the other, handling long chains of reason to make local progressions, doing controlled experiments, questioning and wondering about natural events, performing complex mathematical calculations, working with geometric shapes.Possible career paths:Scientists, engineers, computer programmers, researchers, accountants, mathematicians|

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Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence Ability to control body movements and handle objects skillfully. These learners express themselves through movement. They have a good sense of balance and eye-hand co-ordination. (E.g. ball play, balancing beams). Through interacting with the space around them, they are able to remember and process information.Their skills include:Dancing, physical co-ordination, sports, hands on experimentation, using body language, crafts, acting, miming, using their hands to create or build, expressing emotions through the bodyPossible career paths:Athletes, physical education teachers, dancers, actors, firefighters, artisans|

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Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence Ability to produce and appreciate music. These musically inclined learners think in sounds, rhythms and patterns. They immediately respond to music either appreciating or criticizing what they hear. Many of these learners are extremely sensitive to environmental sounds (e.g. crickets, bells, dripping taps).Their skills include:Singing, whistling, playing musical instruments, recognizing tonal patterns, composing music, remembering melodies, understanding the...
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