Howard Gardner 's Theory Of Multiple Intelligences And Learning

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BSCI 1023 – Teaching Strategies
Week 2
Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Learning

Q 1&2: Megan Cartwright
Q 3&4: Crystal Chiasson
Q 5&6: Alex Macleod

1. What is intelligence?

a) Using your textbooks, dictionary and/or the internet, research the concept of intelligence. Provide a brief overview and samples (i.e. more than one!) of definitions for this concept.

Intelligence is typically defined as the ability to collect of knowledge and the ability to use knowledge. For example, the American Heritage Dictionary ( fourth edition, 2000) defines intelligence as “the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge.” However according to S. Legg and M. Hutter, “Despite a long history of research and debate, there is still no standard definition of intelligence. This has lead some to believe that intelligence may be approximately described, but cannot be fully defined.” This idea means that knowledge can be described in a variety of ways. Though some chose to define intelligence simplistically, others believe it is much more complex. For example, Howard Gardner defines intelligence as “a multitude of intelligences, quite independent of each other; that each intelligence has its own strengths and constraints” (Gardner 1993: xxiii).

b) How would you define intelligence? In your opinion, do the definitions you recorded in a) adequately explain the concept of intelligence as you conceptualize it? If yes, why? If no, what are the shortcomings or problems with…
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