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Introduction: Multiple Intelligences (02:57)


This film explains Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, and shows how a school in Gloucester, MA, implemented this theory.

Gardner Counters Murray (02:14)

Gardner critiqued IQ testing and argued for multiple intelligences. Herrnstein and Murray's "The Bell Curve" made the opposite case.

Math Smart and Verbal Intelligence (01:11)

Gardner lists seven intelligences. Learn the components of logical-mathematical intelligence and verbal intelligence.

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Intelligence (02:10)

Gardner defends understanding of self and others as forms of intelligence, and distinguishes interpersonal intelligence from extroversion.

Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic and Musical Intelligences (01:19)

Learn the components of spatial, bodily-kinesthetic and musical intelligences.

Combining Elements (00:47)

An expert states that it is useful for scientific purposes to break intelligence into components, but in everyday life, these components work together.

Implementing Multiple Intelligences (02:41)

Multiple intelligences theory does not dictate a single educational practice. Any approach that tries to respond to each child's strength is consistent with the theory.

Instructional Approaches (02:03)

Learn eight instructional approaches based on multiple intelligences. Experts discuss emphasizing interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences, and team teaching.

Centers of Instruction (01:29)

Students rotate to different areas of the classroom to work on different skills.

Inclusion and Special Needs (02:11)

The multiple intelligences theory can help schools understand the strengths of special needs students.

Project Based Learning and Cooperative Learning (01:59)

Teachers can create projects that bring in multiple intelligences. Cooperative learning hones interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence.

Themes and Performances (02:17)

Learn about thematic instruction. Learn how to use performances to promote learning.

Personal Development (00:38)

Teachers should seek out networks of educators applying multiple intelligence. Educators will get better response if they present multiple intelligence as a solution to local problems.

Goal Setting (01:45)

Teachers applying multiple intelligences attend collaborative goal-setting conferences.

Peer Assessment (02:09)

Teachers applying multiple intelligences initiated collaborative peer assessment.

Impact of Multiple Intelligences Theory (01:23)

Many teachers in the multiple intelligences movement have a spiritual connection to the idea.

Credits: How Are Kids Smart? Multiple Intelligence in the Classroom (00:34)

How Are Kids Smart? Multiple Intelligence in the Classroom

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When Dr. Howard Gardner first presented his theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) in the early 1980s, he could have never anticipated the extent it would upend the way educators think about teaching, learning, and what it means to be smart. The theory of multiple intelligences, which posits that a single measure of intelligence (IQ) is insufficient because intelligence is expressed through multiple modalities that constitute different kinds of intelligence, is now well known among both educators and the general public. Many schools have adopted MI as a foundational principle, leading them to focus on the question, "How are kids smart?" rather than, "How smart are kids?"  This classic professional development video offers viewers a chance to hear Howard Gardner himself explain the theory of multiple intelligences. It explores the implications of this theory on teaching and learning, and looks at ways in which teachers and administrators can structure curriculum, lessons, assessment, and school culture to account for the diverse learning styles and talents of students with different intelligence configurations (multiple intelligence). To do so, it takes viewers inside a school where MI is incorporated into teaching, classrooms, and the community. "How Are Kids Smart? Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom," is even more relevant today than ever before, as schools grapple with the challenges of increasing diversity, inclusion of students with special needs and the move toward heterogeneous grouping.

Length: 32 minutes

Item#: BVL60335

Copyright date: ©1995

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