Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner

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Words hold such power and meaning that tend to evolve throughout the years. As I set out to read on the “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” by Howard Gardner I seem to question the meaning of Intelligence. Although I have never pondered a single word more feverishly as I have in the last couple weeks it has been quite an endeavor. According to Merriam-Webster (2014), “Intelligence: the ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations.” Howard Gardner first publishes his own view of intelligence in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983). In society an individual with a high intelligence quotient (I.Q.) is considered intelligent or possibly considered a genius. In certain…show more content…
These criteria consisted initially of seven different intelligences and have had notable discussion and proposed additions. They were separate intelligences that often worked together reinforcing another but each applied to the overall intelligence. The first seven, as listed in Frames of Mind: Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983); Linguistic intelligence, logical-mathematical intelligence, musical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, spatial intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. A great discrimination may be concluded in the singular view of importance in one specific area of intelligence. Musical intelligence is the understanding and ability to read pitches, tones, and rhythms. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence refers to the ability to control one’s bodily movements. These next two intelligences are primarily school measured intelligences. Logical-mathematical intelligence was described as the ability to think logically, detect patterns, and deductive reasoning. Linguistic intelligence refers to the communicative abilities and emphasizes reading and writing comprehension. These are the most tested and widely scrutinized subjects of study, as they were the measure of success, and left other areas inadequate and trivial. Spatial intelligence is the ability to recognize patterns or shapes within your mind. I refer to it as mental visualization.
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