Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

"In this important post, Gardner explains why the former is not the latter." He writes: "multiple intelligences assumes that we have a number of relatively autonomous computers—one that computes linguistic information, another spatial information, another musical information, another information about other people, and so on... there is strong evidence that human beings have a range of intelligences and that strength (or weakness) in one intelligence does not predict strength (or weakness) in any other intelligences." The concept of "learning styles," he writes, is not coherent, and isn't the lesson to be drawn from multiple intelligences. So what should instructors do? "  Individualize your teaching as much as possible...  Pluralize your teaching. Teach important materials in several ways...  Drop the term 'styles'."

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