The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

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This essay will evaluate the theory of multiple intelligences in relation to Nelson Mandela; it will be split into three main sections. Firstly, explaining the theory of multiple intelligence as a whole, then giving a brief biography of Nelson Mandela and his life achievements. Finally, I will focus in more detail on one particular category of intelligence in Gardner’s theory; interpersonal intelligence. One of the multiple intelligence 's stated by Gardner 's theory. This part of the essay will evaluate the theory, by applying the concept of interpersonal intelligence to Mandela.
Gardner 's theory of multiple intelligences (frames of mind) is based upon two main assumptions. One is that intelligence is not a single concept, as suggested by the idea of general intelligence. Gardner argues human cognition is a set of abilities or skills; which he calls intelligence. Thus, he suggests there are multiple types of intelligence; a pluralist view of the mind. Proposing the wide variety of cognitive abilities humans are capable of need to be considered in relation to intelligence. The seven types of intelligence Gardner claims in his theory; logical- mathematical, linguistic, musical, spatial, bodily- kinaesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal, they are autonomous from one another. Gardner explains all individuals have these skills on a basic level, however people differ in ability between each skill. Thus, some educational implications can be made as this suggests some
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