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Multiple intelligences

A theory of intelligence developed in the 1980s by Howard Gardner (professor of education at Harvard University), which defines intelligence broadly as “the capacity to solve problems or fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural settings.” Gardner originally identified seven intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodilykinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. He later suggested the existence of several others, including naturalist, spiritual, and existential. According to Gardner, everyone has all the intelligences, but in different proportions. Using this approach in teaching implies striving to present subject matter in ways that allow students to use several intelligences. (Adapted from: ASCD).

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