Multiple Intelligences Part – I
Have you ever wondered why some children are better at maths, others better at sports, others better at singing, or better at reading?
Over the next few posts, I will be addressing these fundamental questions that come up in the minds of all the parents, teachers, and educators around the world. The underlying principles behind these pressing questions have become very important in the current education environment. There are umpteen number of companies and start-ups providing education solutions to young kids and claiming to make your kids the next coding star or an entrepreneur or a language.
These questions can be best answered using the theory of “Multiple Intelligences”, a research carried out by Howard Gardner, a Harvard University neuropsychologist and educator. In his book “Frames of Minds”, he concluded that each child has his or her own motivations and talents, which he or she develops at his or her own pace and in a way that is different from other children. He argues that each child evolves with his or her own needs, and hence a child who does not show interest in language, for example, might have great ability in the field of maths.
This is something we at Examination Online believe to be the prerequisite for learning to happen. In simple words, you cannot prevent someone from learning something which he wants to learn, and you cannot teach something that someone doesn’t want to learn. Education can only happen as per the wishes of the person who wants to learn. The whole purpose and the direction of education has to change from being teacher-centric to learner-centric.
The Multiple Intelligences theory proposes that people are not born with all of the intelligence they will ever have. Howard developed a series of eight different types of intelligences:
- Intrapersonal, and
In my subsequent posts, I will be elaborating on these eight intelligences and also highlighting how the Examination Online team is collaborating with companies globally, in their bid to extract knowledge from abundantly available information. Examination online’s LMS solutions are helping educators transfer the right knowledge to students, and assessment solutions are helping them to precisely measure student growth.
CEO, Examination Online
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