Gardner’s Seven Intelligences

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Gardner’s Seven Intelligences

Gardner’s Seven Intelligences are introduced to us by the researcher in his seminal work “Frames of Mind” in 1983. The Seven Intelligences are Gardner’s description of the separate sources that stimulate and support our learning methods. They are as follows: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Musical, Spatial, Linguistic, Logical – Mathematical, and Bodily – Kinesthetic. Intrapersonal is the ability know yourself. Interpersonal is the ability to know others. Ironically these two are often confused to be the same but there is a distinct difference in knowing what motivates you and what motivates others. Bodily – kinesthetic is basically the ability to make the body do what the mind thinks. For Musical your hearing ability is paramount. In Musical you recognize and decipher all parts of sound to learn. Linguistic is a focus on your ability to articulate your thoughts into speech. The last two Intelligences Spatial and Logical – Mathematical, I most readily relate to, so they will be described further with examples. Spatial intelligence is the ability to visualize and learn from mental images. During my time as a truck driver this ability was part of my daily routine. Most drivers have and use a GPS system to get from point A to B. Depending on this entirely will have you in a residential neighborhood trying to turn around a 62 ft. long truck on a one way street. Every pick-up and delivery always came with written directions just in case. Often these directions will be listed as turn left after water tower, take 3rd left to last brown building. If you can’t picture this in your head before you venture out you could be in trouble. Another example would be from mine and I’m sure some of your youth. Like most teenagers I didn’t always make it home before curfew, which usually meant sneaking quietly into the house without waking the parents.…...

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