MI Theory - The Basics
In Task 1 you were asked to “guestimate” your
knowledge of Multiple Intelligences.
All the answers are at the end of the slide show. Print out the questions
and see how many you can answer.
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1. What are the eight multiple intelligences identified
by Gardner?
2. According to http://www.multi-intell.com/MI_chart.html ,
students who favor visual-spatial will like what
types of assignments?
MI Theory - The Readings
In Task 2 you were asked to watch a PowerPoint
presentation and read a number of online articles
reporting both the positive and negative aspects of
Multiple Intelligence Theory. Below are some key
questions from that information.
3. When did Gardner first purpose his theory?
4. According to Hoerr in “Applying Multiple
Intelligences in School” (http://www.newhorizons.org/
strategies/mi/hoerr2.htm), what are the "two powerful
MI Theory - The Readings
5. In Hoerr's online paper, he also identifies barriers
that MI must overcome. He listed three, can you
remember them?
6. Wikipedia.com points out two logical flaws in
Gardner’s Theory – What are they?
7. On the website entitled, Reframing the Mind,
Willingham writes “Gardner says that most
psychometricians, those who devise and interpret tests
as a way of probing the nature of intelligence,
conceive of intelligence as_________.” ?
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8. Willingham discusses “how educators got so confused
by Gardner’s theory.” How did they get confused?
9. What does Willingham say that researchers like Cyril
Burt, Raymond Cattell, and Louis Thurstone call these
supposed “intelligences?”
10.“An MI curriculum is designed to teach __________
by taking into account all nine intelligences”?
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Before we reveal the answers,
how do you think you did?
Before you move to the answers,
there is one point to consider: In
many classrooms, this is a typical
format test. If you are linguistic or
logical-mathematical learner, this
test will favor you; however, if you
are not…
MI Theory - The Basics
Answer to Question 1:
Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence
Logical/Mathematical Intelligence
Visual/Spatial Intelligence
Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence
Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence
Interpersonal Intelligence
Intrapersonal Intelligence
MI Theory - The Basics
Answer to Question 2:
HISTORY: Go back in time-what it was like "back then"
MATH: Add, subtract, multiply, & divide
Draw picture of the different stages of a story
you're reading
SCIENCE: Create montages/collages on science topics
GEOGRAPHY: Make maps from clay & show geo-features
Drawing objects from different angles
Listen to music with eyes closed & create a
sculpture from clay
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Answer to Question 3:
MI Theory - The Readings
Answer to Question 4:
That when student achievement is viewed through
"an MI lens, more children succeed." Students
are able to express their understanding of a
topic via their preferred intelligence.The second
feature of MI is that is "transforms the role of
the teacher." Teachers rely less on textbooks
and prescribed lessons and more on student
interested and engagement in classroom
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Answer to Question 5:
Parents not seeing the value of an MI
approach, not understanding how using MI
can help their children to be successful.
Educators, particularly administrators, being
so focused on short-term gains and
standardized test results that they only
focus on the scholastic intelligences.
Teachers being reluctant to expend the time
and energy necessary to bring MI to life in
their classrooms.
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Answer to Question 6:
• Gardner doesn't prove that all people are
intelligent. Rather, he states this as his assumption,
and redefines the word "intelligence" such that all
people are equally intelligent by virtue of his
• Once someone adopts Gardner's position, studying
intelligence becomes difficult because it diffuses
into the broader concept of ability or talent. In
accord with this prediction, Gardner has repeatedly
changed his theory; students who show an interest
in nature are now deemed to have "Natural
intelligence", and students interested in spirituality
or religion are now deemed to have "Spiritual
MI Theory - The Readings
Answer to Question 7:
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Answer to Question 8:
The answer is traceable to the same thing that made
the theory so successful: the naming of various abilities
as intelligences.
Answer to Question 9:
Abilities or talents
Answer to Question 10:
How did you do on the quiz? The questions were
designed to be thought-provoking and to review the key
elements of the readings.

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