There are several ways for a child to express himself and perhaps, even more, ways to acquire knowledge regarding everyday life. According to Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence, individuals are capable of understanding and mastering most profound areas. Therefore, the theory of multiple intelligence urges modern-day teachers to adopt a creative and fresh approach to learning. This is essential, considering that each child has a unique way in which he perceives knowledge. Everyone has their talents, but if we judge a bird by its ability to swim underwater, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is incapable.
The following example can illustrate the importance of adopting multiple intelligence theory in classroom education.
Take the case of a teenage boy whose IQ is 115. His more than average score allowed him to enroll in a real institution. He’s talented with words and the first one to help out others in the class. Having his array of talents, he actively participates in extra co-curricular activities. However, he finds it difficult to adapt the school’s regular teaching program. Test patterns followed in schools prevented him from rising past the bottom marks scored in a classroom. Despite this, due to his industrious nature, he didn’t give up and continued to work hard. However, unable to perform better, he failed twice in his grade. Resultantly, one day he dropped out of school with a battered self-confidence.
Literature and history teacher suggest that the student had the ‘wrong abilities.’ However, science, arts and PE educators, having a broader mindset believe that the school administration gave him ‘wrong tests.’
If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn
— Ignacio Estrada
This is where the theory of multiple intelligence comes into existence. Gardner strongly believes that the traditional education system narrows down one’s view on information. It must be replaced with modern, skill-based practices to mobilize a pupil’s full range of human intelligence.
Only half of today’s teachers were lucky to have a successful experience as students. After mastering the requirements of drab subjects like math and history, they rethink lessons and separate units. Such teachers develop a research-based approach towards the issue. By roping in every possible way of learning, from interviews, class discussions and articles to projects, activities, and trivia, they design several methods to measure progress.
There are several students around us like the boy in our example. He couldn’t demonstrate his ability through traditionally devised methods. Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory advises educators to transcend these boundaries. It says a teacher shouldn’t make a student think like a student, but get them think like a scientist, historian or accomplished mathematician. If the education system cannot change the way a person thinks, then the elementary school is just a waste of time.
There are incredible ways to bend all sorts of information to make them more productive, such as story writing, PowerPoint presentations, and webinars. Students cannot just thrive on computation and literacy. They need to learn how to apply educational principles for solving real-world problems. That is what the primary goal of classroom education should be, and multiple intelligence provides educators with appropriate tools to meet this challenge.
Multiple Intelligence theory originated from a book “FRAMES OF MIND.”
1983 written by HOWARD GARDNER who is well-known developmental psychologist known for the concept of MultipleIntelligence. He conveyed from his book that Intelligence is too restrictive as the only IQ is measured, but there are more
“Intelligence” which got neglected Gardner thinks “Everything can be taught in more than one way,” according to his theory people can learn from various Intelligence rather than focus on one. As various people are identical &different from each other in every aspect of life so why learns from only one method this is not fair for anyone.
So he proposed these nine different kinds of Intelligence
Linguistic :- people with this type of intelligence are smart with words. Always admire company of books & give them high importance.Interested in word games, talk shows, etc. were lots of words are used, don’t skip any chance of increasing vocabulary, wants to share stories, thinks in words also likes to discuss and debates.
Logical :- This Intelligence deals with numbers as well as reasoning power.people with this intelligence can do math in their heads, look for consistent patterns & sequence anywhere, have high curiosity in how stuff works, they are a true explorer of world always experiment with situation and love to find logical flaws in people.Visual :- these people rely on what they see,perceive the spatial world in an accurate way,they can reproduce clear images in mind when their eyes are closed & they are away from objects,Enjoy taking photographs &video,For them geometry is easier than algebra, they often trapped into daydreams sometimes.
Kinesthetics :-people with this intelligence uses physical body to observe things,they are atheletic in Nature likes to move around Enjoy touching and feel the emotion physically ,they regularly takes partin sports, frequently speaks with body gesturesEnjoys free time being outdoors&its difficult for them to sit still.
Musical :- these type of people are good with sounds ,remembers melodies from anywhere, likes to sing or play an instrument,enjoys trip to concert or sing in room full of listners,they are basically performer,composer,critic&music lover in nature.For them music is like reward in real life.
Interpersonal :- they have leadership quality within them,likes to communicate to everyone ,resolve conflicts,perceives the moods ,feelings &needs of others,Enjoy teaching others 7feels comfortable in crowd.
Intrapersonal :- Uses well-developed self knowledge for navigate through world ,Love to work alone,Regularly spend alone time meditating ,do well when left alone by self analyzing as they have good sense of self –direction ,learns from their failures so they set new goals and keep moving forward to success and want life of self employed person.
Naturalistic :- understands nature ,identify flaura &fauna ,like to explore living things,learinf about plants and natural events day by day,Recognize and classify both plants and animal kingdomsEnjoys having pets ,watch birds in vast sky,Prefer natural settings to cultural attractions then the last one is existential Intelligence is having religious aspect of life based on religion beliefs As we are different in many ways we can have more than one Intelligence in our life also its keep changing as we grow old also experience we gain in course of our life.