There’s no end to gaining knowledge. Our entire life is a process of learning which we should nurture. We are all aware of this so I’m not writing anything new. But sometimes these words just come across as a cue in our otherwise busy lives, especially after we learn something new.
Of late, I have been fascinated with the idea of multiple intelligences. Thanks to the head mistress of my son’s school, who incorporated this concept as part of their learning curriculum.
When we were taking psychology lessons in college, multiple intelligences was just an emerging term. It would have been nice I told her, if such concepts were introduced in our time – I remember a few of my friends making wrong career choices because of parental or peer pressure. This is one thing I never regret. I think my career path is a well chosen one. Writing is what I’m comfortable with and it suits my pocket and my psyche.
Now, coming back to multiple intelligences…
We often see kids struggling with English lessons, but when it comes to playing an instrument, they rock. Some write well, but maths is not their cup of tea. Or maybe you are okay in maths, but when it comes to sports, you’re a runaway hit. Our brain functions differently and we don’t think and feel exactly the same way as someone else’.
Howard Gardner, a professor of psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education redefined the concept of intelligent after he founded the multiple intelligences theory. He brought about a radical change in the way the world looks at a person’s intelligence – through a single measure that is IQ .
Gardener believes IQ testing was not the only measure for intelligence and that intelligence should be measured in eight different ways.
Linguistic intelligence: If you’re good in language, reading writing and or speaking, you have linguistic intelligence.
Logical or mathematical intelligence: If you are good in math and have good reasoning skills, you excel in this intelligence.
These two were already found in the traditional theories of intelligence.
Spatial intelligence: If you’re good in visual imagery, film, pictures and you’re a visual learner, this is your intelligence. This is an intelligence that is becoming increasingly important in our visual age.
Bodily or Kinesthetic intelligence: If you excel in sports, you possess this intelligence. Don’t let anyone tell you that this is not a valid intelligence. Many people don’t have the intelligence you have.
Musical intelligence: If you’re good in music, you possess this intelligence. You usually do better in maths as well if you possess musical intelligence.
Interpersonal intelligence translates to “people smart”. You’re the life of the party, but more than that you have a way of organising and inspiring people. You’re a leader who brings people together and gets things done. The new age entrepreneurs are you hearing?
Intrapersonal intelligence: You know about yourself, how you work, what you do well, how you learn and you are able to maximise every opportunity because of it. People possessing this intelligence can accomplish a great deal because they understand their brain and make the most of their time.
Naturalist intelligence: You’re nature smart. You know how to interact with nature and get the most out of the environment while working in harmony with the environment.
So, now if you know at age five, your little daughter or son has musical talent, should you nurture that skill and spirit in the child.
It’s important to be aware of these intelligences so you can better understand how you learn. You’ll also begin to realise how special you really are. You can be confident in your strengths and work on your weaknesses when it comes to learning. You can explore more about MI to assess your learning style and enlighten me more on this.