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Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

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A revolutionary challenge to the widely held notion that intelligence is a single general capacity possessed by every individual to a greater or lesser extent. Gardner's trailblazing book revolutionized the worlds of education and psychology by positing that rather than a single type of intelligence, we have several--most of which are neglected by standard testing and educ ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 21st 1993 by Basic Books (first published 1983)
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Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Terence by: Read for master's class
Shelves: science-general
I wrote a paper on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences when I was working toward my master's in education.

I didn't come down entirely on the anti-Gardner side of the fence but I was pretty critical about the lack of scientific evidence for separate "intelligences" and other imprecisions in his work (a chronic failing of education-related studies).

If nothing else, Gardner forces the attentive reader (pro or con) to re-evaluate how we teach people and if he's caused us to do it better, then
Denise Ervin
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
While the concept of this theory was interesting, the writing was unnecessarily verbose. I found it difficult to pick out the main ideas of the theory beyond the first three and many of the notes in the final chapters seemed like afterthoughts to add to the page count. Gardner writes like a theorist, which is to say that he makes things complex for no reason other than the fact that he can. Since I am more of a creative writer, getting through this text was a chore that I'm proud to say I comple ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, science, 2017
This is one of those books on which many people opine who have not actually read it. Accordingly, we tend to see people scorning the theory of multiple intelligences, arguing that really "these are just skills rather than separate intelligences". As you may imagine, this book, the harbinger of the theory in 1983, goes rather further in delineating what we can call an intelligence by looking at our history of understanding intelligence and trying to come to a picture of what could really constitu ...more
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Educators, parents, and counselors
One of my professors used this as a text when I was working on a M.A. in education, and it really opened some new doors for me. I'd always felt that conventional intelligence tests like IQ tests and the SAT were marginally relevant at best, and that a lot of people were very smart in ways those tests didn't recognize. In this book, Howard Gardner has done a good job of categorizing and examining a number of different kinds of intelligence including some not often recognized by our education and ...more
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting, nonfiction
Recommended by my sister..
Gardner's work is one of the great rebuttals to those who advocate the use of standardized testing scores as an appropriate measure of teaching and learning. It opened my eyes.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partly-read
Gardner is a better researcher than he is writer. The content is interesting, but it takes effort to read. It is worth reading since this is the original theory that everyone refers to.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Such an interesting read. So helpful for anyone involved in the development of a child. It seems a little more relevant to parent compared to teachers. There seems to be a misconception among educators that this is a book about how "Everyone Learns Differently." It is more about how there are different intelligences which can be nurtured separately and many of them are ignored.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This books presents a useful way to view intelligence. It acknowledges that some people are smarter in one area than in another. I don't entirely agree with his categories, but the notion is useful, as it prevents a person who is talented in, say, dance, from being considered stupid because that person is maybe not so good at linear logic chains.

Those training to be schoolteachers will often be required to read this book. That's a good thing. It would be nicer still, though, if people would loo
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started reading Frames of Mind for my thesis last fall, to use as a straw man against my theoretical framework (Sternberg's WICS Model), but ironically found Gardner's theory more substantial. The scientific reasons he has for supporting the different kinds of intelligences seem much more valid than Sternberg's, and Gardner provides multiple ways in which his theory can be used. He does admit that he has not changed his theory or done significant testing on it, but he is open to others testing ...more
Bryan Oliver
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Author seems exceptionally qualified to research this subject, but he's a shit writer. Seems like he just uses the most obscure synonyms he can find as some type of vocabulary challenge. What the fuck does quadrivium mean, asshole, and why do you use it constantly? Overly verbose writing both alienates his audience and contradicts his entire position of multiple intelligences, as prevailing general intelligence theory he acknowledges himself centers around linguistic and abstract proficiency. So ...more
Valeria Andrea
This is a very good book about human minds and capacity. I was like super inside the book. I read about the Theory of Multiple Intelligences for school and got interested and keept reading.
After that, I came to the internet, and searched about my own "intelligences" so, there they are:

4.57 Self: You have a very good sense of self. You like to spend time by yourself and think things over. You will often take in information from another person, mull it over by yourself, and come back to that pe
Jim Razinha
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Early in the book, I was quite intrigued with the idea of Gardner's theories, but as he explained his multiple intelligences, I lost interest. At first go through, I don't agree that music, body-kinesthetic or even language rate as different intelligences...spatial, maybe; math maybe; "personal"? I've come to understand that is a "yes" (thank Goleman for branding that emotional intelligence) Obviously, there are people more skilled than others in the different areas, but scales of intelligence? ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
The ideas were interesting but it was really dry, and I am not sure that he made the case that these should could as unique intelligences, though having read it years ago, I may have been more convinced then.

The most interesting idea to me, and I think I got it from an article inspired by the book where it was highlighted at a level not in the book, was that if you can teach things with techniques that bring in multiple intelligences, then you can reach more students, including the non-traditio
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this - it was light enough to follow along, but theoretical and deep enough to let you know some real research went into it. A true proponent of the theory of multiple intelligences, I find this to be foundational in one's understanding of of the myriad ways people can process information and experience the world. After reading this book, you come away with a deeper and richer appreciation for those of us who demonstrate "odd" or "peculiar" learning styles, and who process on levels di ...more
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers
Necessary reading for all educators. Howard Gardener is a staple in education these days, and this book discusses the various types of intelligence (although I'm not sure if this version is updated with natural intelligence 2002 or so, and the emotional intelligence 2005 or so). Every student talents in different areas, and we can use this talent to help the child grow and learn in a way they'd benefit most from.
Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer
I read this while doing my MBA. I saw it as a reference in a newspaper article.
A great read and very insightful of peoples attributes. It really allows oneself to view your own personality and attributes under different perspectives.
This is book that all talent scouts and HR managers should read.
Not for beginner readers, it will take time to digest this monster. However, when you are finished, you will feel absolutely satisfied.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dew01-499, 1980s
Intrigued me at the time. Curious now what geneticists are discovering that might fit the theory.
Eugene Kernes
Linguistic, musical, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, personal intelligences encompasses Howard Gardner’s list of Multiple Intelligences. No list will be conclusive as any list would depend on the type of analysis or goal which differ based on the investigators of intelligence. To qualify as an intelligence, the competence needs to have a set of problem solving skills, have the potential for growth of those skills, be localized in the brain, and be found in multiple cultures.

Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Part 1: intelligence testing has been stuck in one mode for a really long time and we should expand our minds and think about it differently. intelligence likely has some biological reason, but we don’t know what it is. Intelligence should be defined/limited as follows: isolated and distinct, identifiable operations, has an evolutionary and developmental history and an expert, can apply the scientific method to test it, and communicate it through symbols. Intelligence is not always a positive tr ...more
Laura Clementz
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this book Gardner seeks to change the notion of intelligence as a single inherited trait that can be measured solely by a paper and pencil test such as an IQ test. In this endeavor, he methodically defines several types of autonomous intelligences including linguistic intelligence, musical intelligence, logical-mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, and the personal intelligences. These intelligences are common to all of us, where are unique talents ...more
Rhonda Sue
This book has some interesting concepts, and although it was updated 8 years ago from the original publication in 1983, I imagine there are newer theories out there. The premise makes sense-we have multiple intelligences. This theory is a well needed update from earlier theories from the 1700s and on, including Gall, Broca, Binet, Piaget, etc.

Intelligence is a set of skills of problem solving. The author sets forth 7 intelligences: Linguistic, Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Spacial, Bodily-Kine
Deane Barker
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate the theory, but the book is a tedious read for the layman. The book is really geared towards psychologists or educators.

Also, I feel like Gardner doesn't differentiate enough between an "intelligence" and an "aptitude." Like, some people just have a "knack" for something, and it seems a little grandiose to build an entire theory about that. (Although, to be fair, he has an entire chapter in the beginning where he tries to explain the difference, but I was a little unconvinced...)
Howard Blumenfeld
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Howard Gardner was revolutionary in the understanding of intelligence and was one of the first individuals to really challenge the notion of what it means to be smart. His categories of intelligence are creative and inspirational and encourage us to keep an open mind about intelligence. Unfortunately, his theory is oversimplified and offers little empirical evidence. Nonetheless, this book is an interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the psychology of intelligen ...more
Lilith Horner
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a person who loves the multiple intelligence theory, I loved reading this book. I do agree with this theory as I think general intelligence is not enough to represent a wide variety of people in this world. One of the more controversial opinions he had was if androgeny is a type of intelligence. I agree with his theory as not being constrained to a specific sex stereotype, it requires you to understand how being in gender is meaningless, and being able to put that into action is something ver ...more
Todd Cheng
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work, reread
A new hypothesis of intelligence that is catalogued across six forms. These are; linguistic, musical, logical, spatial, bodily, and personal. The author better expands on the concept of Strengths. The analysis also delves into the transmission could be through one vector, but be on the topic of another form. For example you could learn music through written. I appreciated the mix of concepts weaved across multiple cultural and historical examples. A good investment in helping to detect my and ot ...more
Austin Hood
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the title suggests, Gardner provides a framework for understanding the 7 types of human intelligence that he has observed: linguistic, spatial, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and musical. Educators and policy makers would do well to implement strategies to access all the intelligences of students, rather than the primarily interpersonal and logical-mathematical strategies employed in today’s scholastic environment
Julia Leporace
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I came across some of Gardner's writings on his M.I. Theory two years ago. I've been wanting to read the whole book ever since. I loved the fact that the author challenged the prevailing notion of a single intelligence assessed by a one-hour paper-and-pencil test (the so called IQ tests), coming up with a more comprehensive approach to human cognition and its potential usefulness in education.
Rachel M.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
I would give this book 0 stars if I could. It reads like a scientific research paper and offers no practical applications for educators or useful information about each intelligence. It’s better to read summaries of the MI philosophy rather than this book.
Maria Carcaño
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
How is that the aplications of these great ideas came to be not the ideas per se but whoever's interpretation of them?
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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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