Journey to Excellence

Multiple Intelligence Rationale

Multiple Intelligences (MI) is based on the premise that there is not just one kind of intelligence. MI suggests that individuals have varied skills and gifts and as a result each person has a profile of intelligences which includes: linguistic, logical, visual, musical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, and perhaps spiritual. Each individual possesses all intelligences, can develop each intelligence to an adequate competency, has his/her intelligences working together in complex ways, and can manifest each intelligence in many ways (Armstrong 1994).

The theory of Multiple Intelligences is suggested as a basis for classroom instruction because it:

  1. provides a broad framework for instructional planning and teaching,
  2. has potential for reaching all students including the gifted and at-risk,
  3. encourages and supports the individuality of students and teachers,
  4. creates a positive learning environment by encouraging active learning for all students giving them opportunities to use all their intelligences,
  5. is convenient, user friendly, and easily accessed in books, and journals, and the world wide web.
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