The most complete account of the theory and application of Multiple Intelligences available anywhere
Howard Gardner's brilliant conception of individual competence, known as Multiple Intelligences theory, has changed the face of education. Tens of thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications and applications of this powerful notion, that there is not one type of intelligence but several, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in self-understanding.
Multiple Intelligences distills nearly three decades of research on Multiple Intelligences theory and practice, covering its central arguments and numerous developments since its introduction in 1983. Gardner includes discussions of global applications, Multiple Intelligences in the workplace, an assessment of Multiple Intelligences practice in the current conservative educational climate, new evidence about brain functioning, and much more.
A follow-up to Gardner's Frames of Mind (which is being reissued simultaneously), this collection of mostly academic essays should appeal mainly to education observers concerned with Gardner's innovative theory of multiple intelligences. The theory that there are seven types of intelligence, (linguistic, spatial, musical and so on) is recapped in an accessible talk Gardner gave at Harvard, a more formal paper on the subject, and a technical essay defining such concepts as ``giftedness'' and ``creativity'' in the context of his theory. The book's second part includes Gardner's intriguing projection of a school that applies his theories, as well as four very dry analyses of projects that put Gardner's theories into practice. More interesting are Gardner's criticism of formal testing directed at a unitary conception of intelligence, his proposal that college admissions officers examine student projects for evidence of several intelligences and the suggestion that various topics in school can be approached in different ways that track the multiple intelligences. Reader's Subscription, Library of Science and Natural Science Book Club alternates.