Intelligence is the capacity to do something
useful in the society in which we live. Intelligence is the ability
to respond successfully to new situations and the capacity to
learn from ones past experiences.
Dr. Howard Gardner, author, Frames of Mind and
Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice
Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of cognition
and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, developed
his theory of multiple intelligences twenty years ago. Simply
put, Dr. Gardner posits that people employ several different types
of intelligence, rather than one general type.
This site, Multiple Intelligences for Adult
Literacy and Education, applies Dr. Gardner's theory to adult
education. With this site we hope to inspire teachers and tutors
to discover innovative ways to help their learners succeed, based
on their learners' intelligences.
How to Use This Site
The site is divided into five main sections:
Introduction, Assessment, Practice, Resources,
and Contact. Within each section there is a menu that appears
on the upper right that tells you which section you're in and
provides links to the areas within that section.
- In this Introduction section, you
will learn about Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory and how it
can be applied to adult literacy and education.
- In Assessment,
you can learn how to identify your learners' preferred intelligences
and take inventory of your learners' skills. The assessment
activities are designed to help you tailor your teaching methods
to your learners' strengths.
- The Practice
section contains dozens of suggestions for approaching subjects
in different ways to take advantage of different intelligences.
To make the most out of this section it will be helpful for
you to have the free Macromedia Flash player installed on your
computer, though you can view any of the activities even if
you don't have the Flash player.
- In Resources,
you can explore links to other adult literacy and education
- In the Contact
section you can send us feedback about the site, including suggestions
for activities you think should be included in the site. It's
always great to see how creative learners, teachers, and tutors
can be in generating innovative learning ideas!