Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do you agree with Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences? Why or why not?

      Yes I do agree with Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, whereas Gardener's view was that “an ability or set of abilities that is used to solve problems or fashion products that are of consequence in a particular cultural setting” (Kowalski, & Westen, 2011). Gardner believed in order to recognize the existence of multiple forms of intelligence, one should perform an exercise where one should not ask “How smart are you?” but ask “How are you smart?” (Kowalski, & Westen, 2011). Asking and answering the latter question shows exactly how one is intelligent and in which one or more intelligences one excels. One does not have to excel in all intelligences to be considered intelligent. Through Gardner's theory, the eight intelligences are identified as musical, bodily/kinesthetic, spatial, linguistic, logical/mathematical, naturalistic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal. 
     These eight intelligences are examples of how people are set apart as individuals. This I believe can be seen in society as how different people take different paths in life, in college, and in careers as related to which intelligence one excels at. I personally see how my three children excel at different intelligences from each other but one is not smart than another. They have just learned in different ways and have developed different skills than the others.  


Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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