In 1938, Howard Gardner, a cognitive theorist, published a literary work titled Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. His theory suggests that the human psyche consists of eight (later revised to nine) areas of intelligences that are primal, can be excelled in, and are developmentally affected by growth over time (Amacha). Since his findings during the early 20th century, scientists and theorists have studied and expounded upon his research to create the current Multiple Intelligences Theory that is in use today.
For teachers, understanding and implementing these categories of learning and intellectual development can appeal to all students and address a wide variety of strengths and interests. Using the following intellectual categories and their corresponding activities will create an enriching learning atmosphere and a dynamically skilled classroom of students.
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Herndon, Eve. Cornerstone University, “What Are Multiple Intelligences and How Do They Affect Learning?https://www.cornerstone.edu/blogs/lifelong-learning-matters/post/what-are-mul Tiple-intelligences-and-how-do-they-affect-learning. February 6, 2018.