While growing up as a child, I have heard countless times when my parents compared me to someone and said, “Our neighbor’s kid is pretty smart and very intelligent. He always scores the highest marks and is also good at extracurricular activities.”
And while in the corporate world, people often praised their young CEO’s, “My boss in office is one of the intelligent breeds. His decisions are most of the time accurate and precise. No wonder he is successful.”
Well, intelligence is something that is referred as an ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. While ability is somewhat inherent in all of us, knowledge and skills may be acquired over a period of time which differs person to person. And therefore, not all individual have the same intelligence.
Almost a century back, in the quest to identify and assess the legends with great intelligence, tools like IQ test came into the picture. It is considered as a measurement of an individual’s potential which results in a single number score. This test objectively derives a quotient based on several standardized tests that are designed to assess and estimate intelligence in humans.
As time went by, a different school of thought came into existence that believed in the scope of human potential and competency beyond the IQ score.
Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983 where he felt that the traditional scoring of intelligences based on IQ was incomplete. He, in turn, proposed different types of intelligence in humans and termed them as “Multiple Intelligence”.
“Multiple Intelligence” refers to different intellectual abilities where the individual has different ways of processing the information in the approach to learning. And according to Dr. Gardner, all these elements are present in all of us but to varying degree.
In the book, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Thomas Armstrong describes the eight intelligences as below,
|1||Linguistic||The intelligence of words||The ability to use words effectively, whether orally (e.g., as a storyteller, orator, or politician) or in writing (e.g., as a poet, playwright, editor, or journalist).|
|2||Logical-Mathematical||The intelligence of numbers and reasoning||The capacity to use numbers effectively (e.g., as a mathematician, tax accountant, or statistician) and to reason well (e.g., as a scientist, computer programmer, or logician).|
|3||Spatial||The intelligence of pictures and images||The ability to perceive the visual-spatial world accurately (e.g., as a hunter, scout, or guide) and to perform transformations upon those perceptions (e.g., as an interior decorator, architect, artist, or inventor).|
|4||Musical||The intelligence of tone, rhythm, and timbre||The capacity to perceive (e.g., as a music aficionado), discriminate (e.g., as a music critic), transform (e.g., as a composer), and express (e.g., as a performer) musical forms.|
|5||Bodily-Kinesthetic||The intelligence of the whole body and the hands||Expertise in using one’s whole body to express ideas and feelings (e.g., as an actor, a mime, an athlete, or a dancer) and facility in using one’s hands to produce or transform things (e.g., as a craftsperson, sculptor, mechanic, or surgeon).|
|6||Interpersonal||The intelligence of social interactions||The ability to perceive and make distinctions in the moods, intentions, motivations, and feelings of other people.|
|7||Intrapersonal||The intelligence of self-knowledge||Self-knowledge and the ability to act adaptively on the basis of that knowledge.|
|8||Naturalistic||The intelligence of understanding/relating to the natural world||The ability to easily recognize and classify plants, animals, and other things in nature.|
But why is this categorization of intelligence in different groups important for the parents?
Well, it is important because of the usage of “Multiple Intelligence” by a child, especially during the growth years, which directly influences both his thinking and learning that helps in defining one’s career path later.
Now, imagine a scenario at your child’s school. In the present education system, most of the schools follow classroom instructions as the primary mode of teaching.
The teacher teaches everyone the same thing dissipating same information yet students from the same class scores different marks in the examination. The reason is that all students learn what is being taught but at the end. They process and absorb the information differently. Some kids pick up the information easily and consistently perform well while some kids may perform poorly on a given subject. It is not that the ones who scored less cannot learn but it is so because the teaching style was inconsistent with their learning styles.
Well, as parents and educators, we all need to understand that every kid has unique learning style and each one of them differs in the way they absorb the teachings.
Moreover, the schools are not wholly equipped with the full setup to the advantage of all students. It is impractical in the existing education format to personalize teaching and empower all the students to learn through their unique styles.
It is because intelligence likes verbal / linguistics and logical/mathematical are still prominent and being followed as a long-established practice. While the remaining intelligence categories are given little importance and completely overlooked in the education courses. As a result, parents keep shuffling between engineering and medicine as the only career options for their kids.
In fact, there will be increased chances of success for a student if he is timely engaged with the teachings in all the eight categories of intelligence. This will allow creating multiple windows of opportunity with wide career options that keep emerging in today’s fast-changing world.
But is it possible to give the best possible learning experience that is unique to an individual?
Well, yes. It is possible to identify a child’s preferred learning style in a more scientific way that can eventually be capitalized for demonstrating their prowess based on which they can express their work.
But then how do you realize your child’s learning style until and unless he is exposed to it.
Come, explore with eduWalkers for identifying various intelligence in your child that supports unique learning styles ensuring his path to success. In the offered programs, eduwalkers help engage your child in non-academic activities that help identify their strengths and encourage them in the area of their interest and liking. These are keys for a child to become a genius which parents can’t afford to ignore.
Multiple Intelligence – Benefits of Overall Development in Youngsters
Overall benefits of developing Multiple Intelligence in the youngsters at eduWalkers
- Those who perform poorly in academics after takes a different approach to learning. Overall, it results in improved performance.
- Activities are based on individual’s interest, talents, and needs and learnings are focused on building on strengths.
- A child learns to thrive in the hands-on environment to create solutions to problems in life. The kid’s behavioral problems, if any, may be addressed
Albert Einstein has rightly said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Let’s not treat our child a fish and judge them by their ability to just climb a tree.
Let’s encourage our kids in their area of whatever they want to be by identifying and fostering their strengths and not just finding fault with their weaknesses.
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