Research Paper On Multiple Intelligences

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Learning Theory: Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
When asked what learning theory or theories I favor, the first one that comes to mind is Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Many teachers utilize this theory in their teaching philosophy and work hard to integrate it into the everyday classroom. This theory is important because it forces educators to study and know each students learning style, which in turn, allows every student to learn to the best of his/her ability. According to Gardner, this theory “documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways.” Gardner’s theory enables us all to know the world through language, logical-mathematical
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This intelligence has been met by critics with more resistance than his first seven intelligences. These students are more in tune with nature and are often interested in nurturing, exploring the environment, and learning about other species. The environment and its changes are of great interest to these learners. These students are good at categorizing and cataloging information and do not enjoy learning unfamiliar topics that have no connection to nature. Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences allows educators to differentiate their instruction in order to reach every student. I believe this theory is relevant for this reason. Differentiation has become such an important form of instruction in a teacher’s classroom. Without differentiated instruction, low achieving students are left behind and high achieving students are bored. By using this theory educators are able to learn which students need what type of instruction, which allows every student continued success. In order for this theory to be successful, teachers must learn about the major characteristics of each type of intelligence. Teachers should also give their students the multiple intelligences quiz to discover the area(s) in which their students are the strongest. These two measures will allow teachers and students to be successful in the
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