happened to Howard Gardner? - that mastermind who gave us his
theory of "Multiple Intelligences" (MI) over 25 years ago and
changed the landscape of teaching methodologies. Well, I'm here
to tell you he's well and energetic and making an effort to
reinsert himself into the discussion on all the applications
of his theory over the past few decades.
I had the
opportunity to listen to him speak this past August (2012) at
the annual American Psychological Association's national convention.
He had a lot of good things to say about what he's learned since
originally putting out his theory.
noted that we still cling to traditional IQ tests primarily
because you cannot test for Multiple Intelligences in traditional
ways. It is not something that can be assessed through paper
tests or self-reflection. It can only be observed in an environment
that allows a student to explore. You
can't simply ask students how they learn best. Becasue unless
they have a strong intrapersonal intelligence, they do not have
accurate knowledge of this. Multiple Intelligence assessment
is always an interaction between the environment and us. Profiles
change constantly based on timing and one's relationship with
reminded teachers to learn as much about each learner as possible,
present material in an intelligence-friendly way and assess
progress in a variety of ways as well. Decide what is truly
important and present that content in a number of ways, addressing
all the relevant intelligences. Remember, if you know something
well, you know it in a lot of ways.
also talked about how no two people have the same MI profile
and that as we age, our intelligences become differentiated.
He has strong feelings about separate education for so-called
gifted children. Unless they are very gifted (more than 3 standard
deviations above mean - which is about 145+IQ), all children
should be educated together, not in separatist environments.
Most children who are labeled as gifted have significant difficulties
which can best be addressed in heterogeneous classrooms. "If
you do well in language and math and science, you will do well
in school. And as long as you stay in school, you will think
you are very smart."
has released a new book this year Truth,
Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in
the Age of Truthiness and Twitter
to promote good work - where excellence and ethics meet.
Howard Gardner's "Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Reflections
on the first 30 Years and Speculations About Future Developments.
Presented August 4, 2012 at the American Psychological Association
Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.