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Webquest #2

Seeking to understand Multiple Intelligence Theory Better

©Leslie Owen Wilson 2005

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1. From his own mouth - Gardner speaks - Make sure your speakers are adjusted BEFORE you start.

Using the link from WEAC, listen to Gardner talk about his theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Click on the second set of interviews and microphones and listen to Gardner's own explanations on MI.

I am presuming that you have purchased or checked out a book about his work.

  • Did hearing him speak about his work himself add anything to your understanding? Why or why not?
  • What do you think? Do you like listening to him, or reading about his work better?
  • What is the dipstick theory of intelligence and why does he oppose it? Your thoughts? Personally, I LOVE the term.

There is also a link to a brief transcription read that:

2. Article by Gardner for Atlantic - Who owns intelligence? After reading this article, identify 5 ideas that made you think about things in a new way. Explain why.

3. Multiple Intelligences after Twenty Years." Invited Address, American Educational Research Association, April, 2003

Compare this with the other material you have been reading. Any new insights?

4. Exploring both my many links on MI and/or your own resource searches, create a selective bibliography for distribution to parents and/or students about MI. Remember your selections need to be appropriate to your audiences. These may certainly include some of the online batteries and assessments, as well as appropriately chosen books. More information about book selections can be found through online vendors like Amazon. com or Barnes and Noble. com, or through publishing houses like Corwin Press, Skylight, Zephyr Press. 

5. What's the big attraction? Why teachers are drawn to using Multiple Intelligence Theory in their classrooms. On-line article by yours truly -- yes, I know some of you have already read the article. Please read and pinpoint any additions you may think I have missed. If you have sued MI techniques, do you agree, or disagree?

6. Other side of the coin: A criticism of MI - the well educated person looks at both sides of an argument or issue before making up her/his mind. This is a well-researched article by O�Shea. While there are a number of good points, I am not sure that they lead the reader away from MI. See if any of the points made against MI resonate. If so, why, or why not? 

7. Project Zero:

Here is the link to Homepage of Project Zero at Harvard. See what you can find. - Gardner's homepage at Project Zero - Click on the link to his reflective paper on MI and read . Any reactions or thoughts? Also check out

8. Best for last - Something to think about - Early in Gardner's work he discovered and popularized the phenomenal work of an Italian preschool system called Reggio Emilia. This strand of PZ's pages deals with Making Learning Visible  a movement whereby learning becomes documented by the products and interactions of the participants. See this link to view both the male and female interpretations.

Follow the PPT on the left to see what this project is talking about. Remember as you follow this group of kids, they are only 5. From this brief glimpse into their processes, which intelligences are they using? What do you think they might be like when they are adults?

Are there any key ideas that you can use from the principles of Making Learning Visible?


Other resources:

See if you can find any of these as full texts online, or in the archives in hard copy.  I have asked Kim to see if she can find a online full text resource for these to send to you. However, perhaps as a covey of detectives (you) might be able to ferret out some other sources. If you do find one of these, be sure to print a copy, and save and send the URL to others. See if you can find some other online articles pro or con on MI and post these resources with brief comments..  

  • Checkley, K. (1997) The first seven . . . and the eighth intelligence: A conversation with Howard Gardner. Educational Leadership: Teaching for multiple intelligences. ASCD V.55, #1, September 1997. 8-13.
  • Mettetal , Gwendolyn; Jordan, Cheryl; Harper; Sheryll: Attitudes Toward a Multiple Intelligences Curriculum, in The Journal of Educational Research
  • Gardner, Howard: Reflections on Multiple Intelligences: Myths and Messages, in Phi Delta Kappan
  • Allix , Nicholas M.: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences: A Case of Missing Cognitive Matter, in Australian Journal of Education


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