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Multiple Intelligences

By incorporating into the learning experience a mixture of activities that meet the 8 different styles of learning ensures maximum effectiveness, input and retention.

There are 8 learning styles or intelligences as researched and published by Howard Gardner: Musical, Kinaesthetic, Mathematical / Logical, Visual / Spatial, Linguistic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and Naturalist. In the following pages you can learn more about each intelligence and suggestions on how to develop these further.

Interpersonal Intelligence

Some people have a superb ability to establish rapport with others quickly and easily, making them feel at ease. They are able to read other peoples reactions and empathise. The ability to communicate in this way is a vital human intelligence. Each of us is already equipped with the skills to perform this intelligence. Indeed, we have no doubt supported a colleague or taught a skill at some point in our lives, or perhaps we’ve simply practised good parenthood. However, we are not all necessarily confident at interacting effectively with others in familiar, casual and working environments – unlike those with a strong Interpersonal Intelligence.

Interpersonal Intelligence may be defined as the ability to recognise distinctions between other people to know their faces and voices; to react appropriately to their needs, to understand their motives, feelings and moods and to appreciate such perspectives with sensitivity and empathy.

The following social skills are those typically characteristic of individuals with Interpersonal Intelligence:-

  • Social Sensitivity - Socially astute, aware and concerned for others
  • Socially Influential - The ability to be able to persuade and influence others
  • Interpersonal Work - An interest for and skilled at work requiring a sensitivity towards people

There are many ways in which an individual can enhance Interpersonal Intelligence – but few of them can be done alone! These skills are worth bearing in mind even for that one off occasion where you may need to solve a conflict, or manage a difficult person. Perhaps you just need to practice your listening skills without interrupting!

Develop Your Interpersonal Intelligence by:

  • Get organised! Use a time management system to make sure you keep in touch regularly with your network of business associates and friends.
  • Decide to meet one new person each day (or week).
  • Join a volunteer or service-oriented group
  • Start a hobby that involves you having to go to a regular meeting of like-minded people
  • Join the Samaritans
  • Spend 15 minutes each day practising active listening with your spouse and children, or a close friend
  • Throw a party and invite people you don’t know very well
  • Take a leadership role – at work or in the community
  • Start your own support group
  • Participate in workshops or seminars in interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have regular family meetings
  • Strike up conversation with people in public places
  • Find several pen friends from different cultures and parts of the world
  • Offer to tutor other people on an informal basis in something you have expertise in
  • Spend fifteen minutes a day just people-watching – on a train, bus, shopping centre or restaurant
  • Study the lives of well-known socially competent people and decide what you want to ‘model’ from them
  • Meditate on your connection with those around you – your family, close friends, work colleagues and community – and eventually, the whole planet!
  • Make a list of all the people that you love and make sure you tell them all this week
  • What’s the most enjoyable way for you to develop this kind of intelligence?

To further develop your learning styles we strongly recommend the following:

multiple intelligences howard gardnerMultiple Intelligences- Howard Gardner   

Howard Gardners brilliant conception of individual competence is changing the face of education today. In the ten years since the publication of his seminal Frames of Mind , thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications of Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory the powerful notion that there are separate human capacities, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in understanding oneself. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice brings together previously published and original work by Gardner and his colleagues at Project Zero.

howard gardner multiple intelligences interpersonalFrames of Mind: Theory of Multiple Intelligences - Howard Gardner

The author demonstrates that there exist many human "intelligences", common to all cultures - each with its own pattern of development and brain activity, and each different in kind from the others. These potentials include linguistic, musical and logical/mathematical capacities, as well as spatial and bodily intelligences, and the ability to arrive at an emotional and mental sense of self and other people. Rather than reducing an individual's potential to a single score on an IQ test, it is the fostering and education of all these intelligences that should be our concern.

howard gardner intelligence reframedIntelligence Reframed - Howard Gardner 

A brilliant state-of-the-art report on how the landmark theory of multiple intelligences is radically changing our understanding of education and human development. Now, in Intelligence Reframed, Gardner provides a much-needed state of the art report on the theory. He describes how it has evolved and been revised. He introduces two new intelligences, and argues that the concept of intelligence should be broadened, but not so much that it includes every human faculty and value.


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Visual Spatial

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