Multiple Intelligences Theory by Howard Gardner

What is Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences?


Theory of Multiple Intelligences - Howard Gardner

Dr. Howard Gardner

Author of  Theory of Multiple Intelligences, native of Scranton and now a professor of education and cognition at Harvard University, Dr Gardner is widely regarded as one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world.


In 1983, Dr Gardner’s released the book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which revolutionized the worlds of education and psychology by outlining seven – later expanded to nine – different kinds of intelligences, rather than one.


The theory of multiple intelligences proposes that each individual has a unique combination of intelligences through which he or she is able to learn or teach new information. Although each human has all nine identified intelligences, no two individuals have the same amount of each.


The author of twenty-nine books translated into thirty-two languages, and several hundred articles, Howard Gardner is best known in educational circles for his multiple intelligences theory, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments.


Since the middle 1990s, in collaboration with psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, Howard Gardner has directed the GoodWork Project, now a component of the larger Good Project, a study of work that is excellent, engaging, and ethical.


More recently, with long time Project Zero colleagues Lynn Barendsen and Wendy Fischman, Howard Gardner has conducted reflection sessions designed to enhance the understanding and incidence of good work among young people. With Carrie James and other colleagues at Project Zero, Howard Gardner is also investigating ethical dimensions entailed in the use of the new digital media.


Among Howard Gardner’s newest research undertakings are a study of effective collaboration among non-profit institutions in education; a study of conceptions of quality nationally and internationally in the contemporary era; and a major study of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st Century.

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