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Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  874 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Howard Gardner's brilliant conception of individual competence has changed the face of education in the twenty-three years since the publication of his classic work, Frames of Mind. Since then thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications and applications of Multiple Intelligences theory--the powerfulnotion that there are separat ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 4th 2006 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Lars Guthrie
Mar 20, 2011 Lars Guthrie rated it it was ok
Working on a daily basis with children who have been diagnosed with deficits—problem learners—I’m attracted to educational theory which holds that individuals are amalgam of unique characteristics. Strengths as well as weaknesses.

My conception of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences played into that attraction. School is in large part based on psychometrically determined intelligence quotients and the ability to apply intelligence to written language and mathematics. Stretching that
Sep 08, 2007 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: science, psychology
As an author, I have mixed feelings about Gardner. His ideas, theories and sensitivities are top-drawer. But his writing has remained stilted and academic, for my taste, and that is off-putting when he's got so many good things to say. This one is worth rating, however, because it was truly a breakthrough book on a new way to look at intelligence -- as a collection of intelligences (including physical intelligence, for you sports fans), and it has gone on to enter the popular culture and spawn a ...more
Billie Pritchett
Feb 05, 2013 Billie Pritchett rated it it was amazing
Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences is a wonderful book, and an argument for the thesis that there is not just one intelligence that people possess but rather multiple intelligences. Gardner defines an intelligence as "an information-processing potential to solve problems or create products that are valued in at least one culture." Gardner stipulates that each intelligence, although mental, must be triggered by some features of the environment, and the system in the mind/brain that is to pro ...more
Alejandro Teruel
On the one hand, the english language version of Wikipedia tends to dwell on the critiques of Multiple Intelligences Theory and rather dismissively describes it as ad hoc, lacking in empirical evidence and dependent on subjective judgement (, consulted February 12th 2013), going as far as to state that:
The theory of multiple intelligences has been widely used as an example of pseudoscience, because it lacks empirical evidence or falsifiability
This is in
May 29, 2009 Tia rated it it was amazing
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Jun 06, 2008 Natasha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with a serious interest in education
Recommended to Natasha by: GWC 5 Pillar
Shelves: education
Gardner presents a revolutionary educational concept in a format which is a bit dry (a.k.a. academic). But, persistance in reading the whole volume is rewarding. A major focus of Gardner’s work is to provide teaching methods tailored to meet the needs of each student.

The first principle is to assess our students’ learning styles. Like our fingerprints, we all have a different medley of strengths and weaknesses in learning. These areas of intelligence include musical, bodily-kinesthetic, logical-
Alvaro Alcocer Sotil
Interesante libro que da cuenta que todos tenemos inteligencia especifica. Aunque en la sociedad solo esta valorado la inteligencia logico matematico. Pero uno puede potenciar muy bien su inteligencia si la descubre y se especializa. Por ejemplo los deportistas usan su inteligencia corporal, los musicos su inteligencia auditiva, los ingenieros su inteligencia logico-matematico, etc. Es un libro necesario: "Todos somos buenos para algo, pero si un pez se pasa la vida intentando subir a un arbol p ...more
Carolyn moran
Apr 29, 2009 Carolyn moran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is another book I re-read quite often... everyone should know about these differing learning strengths, but there are a lot more charts and summaries online... Gardner's theories are not about brain research, but almost just observable common never know if the left brain is the right brain to be doing stuff with!!!
Michael Cassano
Dec 04, 2009 Michael Cassano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The progressive way of teaching!
Nov 04, 2014 Nshslibrary rated it liked it
For the casual reader, Howard Gardner’s bookMultiple Intelligences: New Horizons, is a too-large mouthful. An updated version of its predecessor, readers read with the expectation of explanations on the multiple intelligences (also referred to as MI theory) as well as maybe a few examples of its real world applications. What the reader will get is more than that, with discussion and analysis as to why MI theory has been so embraced by the academic community, and how that has affected the percept ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: education
Another book [this time not on audio] that I felt a little surprised by. I had expected this book to go into much more detail about MI theory, but Gardner only really spends a chapter on it, describing the theory and mentioning [vaguely] some of the criticisms. Apparently I should pick up his original work, Frames of Mind, if I want to read about the theory itself in more detail. The book purports to offer commentary on the development and application of the theory since its inception, but those ...more
May 30, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
Quite an interesting and thought provoking response to the old notion of "g" -- general intelligence. Gardner posits that there are multiple relatively independent mental faculties that process information. These include Musical intelligence (e.g., Louis Menuhin), Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (e.g., Babe Ruth), Logical-Mathematical intelligence (e.g., Barbara McClintock), Linguistic intelligence (e.g., T.S. Eliot), Spatial intelligence (as used by navigators prior to instruments), Interperson ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Jill rated it it was ok
This was a challenging read for me, much of the diction is professional level seemingly geared toward others who know the platform they're speaking to. I know I didn't glean as much as there is to be learned from these writings, but I'm glad to have been exposed to the theory. The book is composed of several papers that are bridged together to teach the idea and importance of multiple intelligences. My favorite was the last paper before the epilogue. They really defined how society esteems intel ...more
Matthew Wlezien
Nov 12, 2016 Matthew Wlezien rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this book a little time to set in before my review. The book is full of fantastic information and structures to teach students. The book also serves as a quasi-condemnation of the modern educational system. Gardner painstakingly illustrates the need for an educational system that educates the child, not force the child to conform into the educational system.
I did not give the book 5 stars because I did find that there was a lot of rambling and poor editing of the published mate
Aug 27, 2011 Muffi rated it it was amazing
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Harvard scholar Gardner shows parents and teachers the multiplicity of the human mind and why our current educational model (one teaching size fits all) prevents children from utilizing their multiple intelligences is order to maximize learning. I'm super excited to read Gardner's other books now, especially The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach
Jun 16, 2008 Katey rated it it was amazing
I believe that Gardner's theory on multiple intelligences is critically important, maybe more so with the standardized tests that are common now in public schools. This book affirms that we-- youth and adults-- indeed can have intelligence beyound the verbal-math intelligence that is touted as successful and smart. From when I taught school years ago through my work as a trainer of adults (and professional writer), I wholeheartedly support this important shift in paradigm... Read it and celebrat ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Jansen rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jansen by: Richard Louv - Referenced in his book
Shelves: people
The concept is great, but it is written by an author that admittedly is a researcher that does not give much thought to application. Part II might be good if raising a child or connected to a school, but for the most part the author does a good job at presenting a lot of facts and even some ideas of how to apply the facts, while avoiding committing to any one idea as being a good application of the work that he is claiming to be an expert in.
If anything, read Chapter 1, and then consider skimmin
Lawrence Bish
Jul 26, 2014 Lawrence Bish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I've long admired Gardner's work. To me, he effectively challenges how we categorize children in our public system and consequently hand the entire world and the notion of a good life to the fraction of them that fall into a group whose natural tendencies provide them with undeserved advantages while relegating the rest into a conformity that denies us all the advantage of their potential and the wealth of capacity they would otherwise offer on a much more wholesale basis.
Aug 23, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok
I actually just skimmed this work to refresh the concept of Multiple Intelligence for personal reasons. This work tended to be more of a defense of Multiple Intelligence rather than adding anything on pragmatic level which was my hope when I borrowed it from the library. However, I did read Frames of Mind eons ago which lays out the concept and it has always stuck with me. If you are curious about this concept, I would read the earlier work and skip this one.
Jan 19, 2010 Starbubbles rated it liked it
Shelves: education
this book spends a great deal on what he intends to do and has done, how others interpreted his work, the unintended audience (educators), and what it all meant to him. yeah, i was looking forward to theories and new ideas about what to do with those theories. sort of lacked in that area. i guess read the original, frame of minds if you want to understand what on earth multiple intelligences in about. good thing i knew a little about it already.
May 18, 2013 JP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read enough about this in other sources (including his), much of this collection of essays involved repeated points (even within just those included). When I saw the "The Case For Multiple Intelligences" in a heading on p.237, I was sure I'd seen it several times previously. I found this hard to read, dry, and academic. Still, the content overall is worthwhile and would probably be somewhat more engaging to someone who is completely new to the concept.
Aug 23, 2009 Kalleen rated it really liked it
Initially I thought of the part in Young Frankenstein where he puts a pin in the old guy's head to block pain, then he kicks him in the groin and the old guy shows no pain. But when the pin is removed all the pain suddenly hits him. The rest of the book was interesting and will take some thought and drawing it out to understand all of our intelligences.
Feb 23, 2015 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Fascinating. I love the holistic multi-sensory approach and ideas for how to better incorporate these ideas into practical projects and educational institutions. We sure could use a lot more of these type approaches for whole learning to develop to real understanding/applied knowledge, rather than just facts.
Damon Blue
Aug 24, 2011 Damon Blue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read on the meaning and measure of "intelligence." The main thesis is that individuals do not have a single intelligence as measured by IQ, but are actually expert in several areas and have varying degrees of "intelligence" in these areas. Based on Gardner's earlier work "Frames of Mind."
May 17, 2010 Nura rated it liked it
Udahaan... fuiih... to sum it all (alias malas) the world is imperfect place. Sebenarnya isinya nyindir banget tentang sistem pendidikan yang terkesan terkotak-kotak dan sepertinya hanya ditujukan untuk orang-orang yang memiliki kecerdasan bahasa dan logis-matematis semata. Nih semua gara-gara Alfred Binet... :D
Emil Petersen
Feb 28, 2016 Emil Petersen rated it liked it
About 2/5's of the book is about the different areas of intelligence that Howard Gardner proposes instead of the tradition IQ. The rest of the book is about how it has been used - mostly in education. I like it because of the diverse notion of 'intelligence' - it's a shame to 'measure the fish by its ability to climb trees' and such. But it's not much more than that. Three stars.
Dorai Thodla
May 03, 2007 Dorai Thodla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in exploring intellgence
I always wondered about IQ as a true metric of intelligence and why some people who may not be considered intelligent are so great.

Then I read this book. Life has never been the same after that.
Jul 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5-pillar
I skimmed more than read this. I just couldn't handle his self-congragulatory, academic, style. There were some great nuggets but I couldn't keep wading through all the junk. I wish Malcolm Gladwell would rewrite this book for the Author.
Jan 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I wanted a book to explain his theory of multiple intelligences, but this was not the book. It was too academic to be useful. I need to hunt down his first book. Something like Frames of Mind.
Minttu Karjalainen
Had to read it because of uni. Parts of the book were interesting.
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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and univers ...more
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