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    Howard E. Gardner(Author)

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Howard Gardner's brilliant conception of individual competence is changing the face of education today. In the ten years since the publication of his seminal Frames of Mind , thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications of Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory—the powerful notion that there are separate human capacities, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in understanding oneself. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice brings together previously published and original work by Gardner and his colleagues at Project Zero to provide a coherent picture of what we have learned about the educational applications of MI theory from projects in schools and formal research over the last decade.

A follow-up to Gardner's Frames of Mind (which is being reissued simultaneously), this collection of mostly academic essays should appeal mainly to education observers concerned with Gardner's innovative theory of multiple intelligences. The theory that there are seven types of intelligence, (linguistic, spatial, musical and so on) is recapped in an accessible talk Gardner gave at Harvard, a more formal paper on the subject, and a technical essay defining such concepts as "giftedness" and "creativity" in the context of his theory. The book's second part includes Gardner's intriguing projection of a school that applies his theories, as well as four very dry analyses of projects that put Gardner's theories into practice. More interesting are Gardner's criticism of formal testing directed at a unitary conception of intelligence, his proposal that college admissions officers examine student projects for evidence of several intelligences and the suggestion that various topics in school can be approached in different ways that track the multiple intelligences. Reader's Subscription, Library of Science and Natural Science Book Club alternates. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. The theory of multiple intelligences (MI) was first publicized by Gardner in Frames of Mind ( LJ 10/1/83). The arguments he presented against the prevailing one-dimensional view of intelligence caught the attention of educators who found the application of a universal IQ test troublesome. Here, Gardner attempts to bridge the gap between state-of-the-art advances in cognitive studies and neurosciences and to demonstrate their practical applications in education. He does an admirable job of explaining the revolutionizing effect the complex theory of seven intelligences has had on schooling, also acknowledging that Theodore Sizer's Horace's School ( LJ 1/92) presents a practical proposal closely paralleling his MI theory in its emphasis on individual performance abilities. This is a highly readable and interesting proposal from an innovative and ground-breaking researcher. Excellent references round out the study. For most education collections.- Arla Lindgren, St. John's Univ., New YorkCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Howard E. Gardner(Author)
  • Basic Books (April 20, 1993)
  • English
  • 9
  • Education & Teaching

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  • By A customer on April 19, 2001

    I came to Multiple Intelligences as a parent of two young children seeking to learn more about Howard Gardner's theory. Multiple Intelligences gave me all that and more, and I think that this book would probably be fabulous for people looking for more than I was. I found the beginning and ends of the book very helpful and informative, but the middle was a little too theoretical for my purposes. I kept thinking that it would be more appropriate for an education student or PTA president than a mere curious parent. That being said, the beginning does an excellent job of laying down the groundwork for what MI is and what all the different learning styles are. Gardner also has many interesting things to say about standardized testing, which is particularly timely given the current debate on the usefulness of the SAT. I think MI theory will help any parent striving to get a grip on their children's educational experience. MI theory has you look more at the whole child, rather than one or two particular skills, something I think we parents have known all along. It's just nice to see that this theory is given such weight.

  • By dotcan on March 24, 2017

    Good book for educational personnel.

  • By S. Thurston on August 1, 2017

    My second copy, very interesting subject

  • By lgrinaman on May 28, 2015

    Really enjoyed the explanations for the class that I was taking and writing papers for.

  • By Christine on September 27, 2016

    An excellent book in good price.

  • By Alexis E on June 5, 2015

    Teaches the use of different body parts and forms we all learn

  • By kariedi on February 2, 2013

    Although this book came out in 1993 it is current and should be mandatory for all who are involved with human behavior whether in schools or in the workplace.

  • By AnaMaria Vergara on February 18, 2013

    Howard Garner is one of my ultimate favorites. This book is excellent and provides many insights. Along this line I also invite you to read How to Think Like Leonardo Da'Vinci, by Michael J. Gelb.


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