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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.

Naturalist Intelligence

Naturalist intelligence is the ability to recognise cultural artefacts like cars or trainers may also depend on the naturalist intelligence. Some people from an early age are extremely good at recognising and classifying artefacts. For example, we all know kids who, at 3 or 4, are better at recognising dinosaurs than most adults. Howard Gardner identified Charles Darwin as a prime example of this type of intelligence.

Naturalist intelligence enables human beings to recognise, categorise and draw upon certain features of the environment. It 'combines a description of the core ability with a characterisation of the role that many cultures value'

It is also the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.

People with a preference for Naturalist Intelligence:


Through nature and natural forms


Playing with pets, gardening, investigating nature, raising animals, caring for planet earth


Access to nature, opportunities for interacting with animals, tools for investigating nature (e.g., magnifying glass, binoculars)

Develop Your Naturalist Intelligence by:

  • Creating observation notebooks
  • Describe changes in the local or global environment that affect you
  • Become involved in the care for pets, wildlife, gardens, or parks
  • Use binoculars, telescopes, microscopes, or magnifiers to see things differently
  • Draw or photograph natural objects
  • 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:

howard gardner multiple intelligences Multiple 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.


Other Inspiring Breakthrough Multiple Intelligences within this section;

Logical Mathematical
Visual Spatial

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