Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence

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Mankind has always been puzzled about what makes us, well us. René Descartes expresses what I feel is the answer, in the phrase "Cogito ergo Sum", I think therefore, I am. Intelligence is what differentiates humans from animals, but also we are intrigued in who is more intelligent. As Howard Gardner says in his book Multiple Intelligences, man has multiple intelligences and each individual can be proficient in only in one. This means that individuals are intelligent in their one way. Intelligence entails solving problems or fashion products that are of consequence in a particular cultural setting or community. This entails that IQ are incomplete as measure for success because it only measures one of the intelligences, the logical-mathematical. …show more content…
In the individual centered school, as Gardner puts it, is a better education because it creates a unique program for each individual. That leads to the growth of the intelligences where the student 's proficiency tends. For example, a musically gifted child will have musically centered schedule. This leads to a society where all individuals are excellent at what they are proficient, which makes a more productive society. There are many intelligences not just one, most commonly known as IQ. Alfred Binet, a talented psychologist, developed some kind of method that would measure that would predict the future success of children in primary school. He succeeded and created the "intelligence test". His measure was called the intelligence quotient (mental age divided by chronological age and multiplied by a hundred). Gardner argues that the intelligence quotient is not an accurate measure of success because it only measures one of the eight and a half of the intelligences, logical-mathematical intelligence. So it is an incomplete way of measuring intelligence and success. Intelligence entails solving problems or fashion products that are of consequence in a particular cultural setting or community. Where he labels and describes …show more content…
Until now psychologists, on the realm of intelligence, have only tried to measure it. Many believe that it is because IQ cannot be developed more. Gardner argues two things; first, there are multiple intelligences and we cannot measure it yet, second, these multiple intelligences are able to grow, even as an adult. This means that intelligence can keep growing and there is something to be done. Every human being now has the responsibility to teach others and themselves, to be able to grow as a society and live more successful lives (24). Since there are multiple intelligences and each is independent, then a person can be dull in some areas but intelligent in others. This means that a great soccer that is dull in the logical-mathematical intelligence is dumb. No, it just means he has a more developed bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and spatial intelligence than logical-mathematical. This means that we have to foster each of the eight and a half

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