Essay on The Multiple Intelligence By Howard Gardner

926 Words Oct 1st, 2016 4 Pages
The multiple intelligence (“MI”) theory created by Howard Gardner, is based on eight different intelligences which reflect a person 's intellectual ability. This model of intelligence challenges other theories such as Alfred Binet’s theory of general intelligence. Binet’s theory focuses on a person 's ability to obtain high-ranking test scores and their overall general cognitive capability (Denig, 2004, 96). The MI theory differs due to the fact that it explores how test scores are not necessarily accurate representations of the amount of knowledge a person possesses. The MI theory argues that human beings are not necessarily less intellectually capable if they do not receive high test scores -- because most exams focus primarily on questioning a person 's level of linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. (Denig, 2004, 97).
Another model of intelligence, Learning Styles, focuses on the approach one takes to better retain information and increase their knowledge. Learning Style models differ depending on the theorist that has created them, even though practically all of them contain an accentuation on the process of learning (Silver, Strong, & Perini, 1997, p.1). The Learning Styles model most theorists agree on, as compared to the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles model, is one example of how there is a wide range of theories that can appreciated (Silver, et al, 1997, p.2). These two models diverge because while the basic model focuses on the four main types of…

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