American psychologist, Howard Gardner, proposed the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, pointing to the depth of talents not recognized by conventional IQ tests or SAT scores. Gardner’s theory encourages parents to recognize and support our children’s preferences to help them build upon their strengths.
Gardner wrote, “If you believe literally the classical view of intelligence, once you know how well a person performs in one sphere, you should be able to predict that person’s performance in other spheres. Smart in one thing, smart across the board; limited in one sphere, limited in all.”
Today, many psychologists agree with Multiple Intelligences pioneer and thought leader, Howard Gardner: this classical view of intelligence is not only antiquated—it is downright false. Each individual human has his or her own unique configuration of intelligences. Mothers should take these tendencies into account when mentoring and nurturing—teaching children in ways most conducive to how they learn. Some kids learn best from reading, some from getting hands-on, some from acting out a story, etc. By taking different approaches to teaching new concepts, we’re more likely to nourish breadth and depth: to fully understand something, a learner should be able to think of it in several ways.
The Multiple Intelligences
As children inevitably grow and develop, mothers are responsible for adopting teaching approaches to accommodate how they learn best. The better we know our children—their tendencies, dispositions, and inclinations—the more intuitively we can help them tap into things like their innermost creativity, authentic self-confidence, and moral excellence—giving them the support they need to align with success.
Gardner identified eight, distinct intelligences: spatial, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. Every human mind is somewhere on the spectrum between well-equipped and less-equipped with every one of these intelligences. How can mom capitalize on this awareness to best support single child’s growth and development?
Humans excel in so many different areas; sole reliance on standardized tests cannot account for all aspects of intelligence. Each child offers their own unique and special gifts to the world. By understanding and appreciating different types of intelligence, mothers can rely on a more child-centered approach to raising children, helping them learn in ways that build upon the foundation of their natural core competencies.
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Amassing a wealth of evidence, Gardner posits the existence of eight different intelligences, each as important as the next, that comprise a unique cognitive profile for each person.
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Gardner offers provocative ideas about creativity, leadership, and moral excellence, and speculates about the relationship between multiple intelligences and the world of the future.
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