Do You Believe in Multiple Intelligences?
July 7, 2011 2 Comments
When I first learned of Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, I immediately believed. Over this past July 4th weekend, I was reminded of Multiple Intelligences when my son challenged me to 4 days of badminton tournaments. Though only 7, my son is really good at badminton. So much so, that I stopped “going easy” on him and fought heartily for every point I scored. Though I unleashed all the skill I could muster, my son only became better and better as I grew more and more tired.
As I considered Multiple Intelligences, I liked how Gardner defined intelligence by various modalities rather than a general ability. Multiple Intelligences include:
- Spatial – ability to visualize, good at puzzles
- Linguistic – spoken and written words
- Logical-Mathematical – logic, reasoning and numbers
- Bodily-Kinesthetic – control of bodily motion and handling objects
- Musical – sounds, rhythms and tones
- Intrapersonal – introspection and self-reflection
- Interpersonal – interaction with others
- Naturalistic – ability to relate to one’s natural surroundings
While I can definitely say my son did not get his Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence from me, I am happy to say he is leaps and bounds better off than his mom!