The theory of multiple intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner, an American developmental psychologist, approximately 20 years ago. According to Gardner, we have several different types of intelligence, rather than one general type, located in different areas of the brain. This means that instead of just being math or language smart, you can be smart in different ways. He put forward the idea that all students have a different intellectual composition. His first theory proposed seven intelligences that everyone has in varying degrees: linguistic, musical, interpersonal, spatial, kinesthetic, logical-mathematical and intrapersonal. At a later date, he suggested adding an eighth intelligence: Nature smart. Gardner felt that educators could improve learning by teaching subject matter in a way that responds to the multiple intelligences of their students.
Completing a multiple intelligence quiz can help families determine which intelligence are strongest or most used by a learner.
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