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Discover Your Learning Style with Multiple Intelligence Theory

Discover Your Learning Style with Multiple Intelligence Theory

Author: Kristina Jacobs

To introduce learners to Gardner's Multiple Intelligence theory and to describe the different types of intelligence.

This packet discusses Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence theory and describes each type of intelligence.

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Howard Gardner- Multiple Intelligence Theory (1983)

In 1983 Howard Gardner proposed a theory called Multiple Intelligence in his book Frames of Mind. Multiple Intelligence theory believes that individual intelligence is made up of strengths and weaknesses within different areas of intelligence and that individuals can be considered "intelligent" in one or more of these different areas. There were originally 7 areas of intelligence proposed, but in Gardner's later works he suggested additional areas of intelligence might be added. The most commonly seen model (as of 2011) has 8 areas of intelligence.

Gardner Multiple Intelligence Theory

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What is Intelligence? Multiple Intelligence Theory

What is Intelligence? Multiple Intelligence Theory

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Link to take a Multiple Intelligence based assessment online for free

Here is a link to take a FREE online assessment based on Multiple Intelligence theory to find out which areas of intelligence are the strongest for you. It should take you 5-10 minutes to complete. The online assessment will list your top 3 intelligence areas and how to study using your strongest areas of intelligence.

Here is an example of the multiple intelligence assessment results that you might get...

Here is an example of the results that you might get on the FREE multiple intelligence assessment. As you can see, my strongest area is "Language" (linguistic) and my weakest area is "Body Movement" (kinesthetic).


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Headline: Find your strengths!

Your top three intelligences:

Intelligence Score (5.0 is highest) Description

Language 4.71

Language: You enjoy enjoy saying, hearing, and seeing words. You like telling stories. You are motivated by books, records, dramas, opportunities for writing. Effective techniques of enhancing your learning using your language intelligence include reading aloud, especially plays and poetry. Another idea is to write down reflections on what you've read. You may also enjoy exploring and developing your love of words, i.e., meanings of words, origin of words and idioms, names. Use different kinds of dictionaries. Other ideas:

  • Keep a journal
  • Use a tape recorder to tape stories and write them down
  • Read together, i.e., choral reading
  • Read a section, then explain what you've read
  • Read a piece with different emotional tones or viewpoints — one angry, one happy, etc.
  • Trade tall tales, attend story-telling events and workshops
  • Research your name

Self 4.14

Self: You have a very good sense of self. You like to spend time by yourself and think things over. You will often take in information from another person, mull it over by yourself, and come back to that person later to discuss it. You like working on projects on your own. You often prefer to learn by trial and error. Effective techniques to enhance your learning include keeping a journal and giving yourself time to reflect on new ideas and information. More ideas:

  • Go on "guided imagery" tours.
  • Set aside time to reflect on new ideas and information.
  • Encourage journal writing.
  • Work on the computer.
  • Practice breathing for relaxation.
  • Use brainstorming methods before reading.
  • Listen to and read "how to" tapes and books.
  • Read cookbooks.

Social 4

Social: You like to develop ideas and learn from other people. You like to talk. You have good social skills. Effective techniques of enhancing your learning using your social intelligence include taking part in group discussions or discussing a topic one-to-one with another person. Find ways to build reading and writing exercises into your group activities, such as:

  • Reading a dialogue or a play with other people
  • Doing team learning/investigating projects
  • Setting up interview questions and interviewing your family, and writing down the interview
  • Writing notes to another instead of talking.

The scores for your other five intelligences:

Nature Musical Spatial Math Body
3.71 2.86 2.57 1.43 1.14


Just because these five are not in your top three doesn’t mean you’re not strong in them. If your average score for any intelligence is above three, you’re probably using that intelligence quite often to help you learn.