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Monday, January 02, 2006

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I have read both the essays. Gardner's nine intelligences are a bit confusing. Any explanations forthcoming?


  • Gardner has suggested that contrary to popular belief, one cannot be assessed in terms of a single comprehensive intelligence. One may be an absolute dud at math, but be a brilliant gymnast or musician .... does this mean that he or she is not intelligent. Intelligence can be of varying kinds- one can have spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, logical-mathematical,interpersonal, intra-personal and tactile

    initialy-he described 7 now they have expandedinto 9. His ideas on the intelligences have been described beautifully in 'Frames of Mind'

    Don't know whether, this was what you were looking for Koshy , but the whole idea that Gardner propunds changes our perception of the children and our ideas about their intelligence. It also forms the basis of a lot of teaching methodology, when one takes into account the intelligence of the child abd try to provide inputs that correspond.

    By Blogger Raji Nair, at 1:12 AM  

  • sorry-I left out linguistic and naturalistic intelligences.

    Linguistic intelligence would mean being sensitive to the sound and meaning of words, differentiating between subtle differences in shades of meaning-being able to follow the rules of grammar and rhetoric - a student you would be glad to have in your literature class.

    Mahesh I would say has a high Naturalistic intelligence- In fact Gardner has said thatpeople with Naturalistic intelligence ofen turn out to be botanists or environmentalists!!!

    By Blogger Raji Nair, at 3:30 AM  

  • thanks raji , that's more clear than gardner was . :)

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 8:51 PM  

  • Koshy, with respect to our discussion- I am sorry tactile is not included in the list -it is sort of related to bodily kinesthetic (since bodily kinesthetic has to do with learning by doing!)
    Spatial intelligence would be the capacity to recreate visually experiences, even in the absence of physical stimuli. It is the ability to perceive a form or an object and be able to say what it would look like from other angles (basically manipulating things in space)-a nice skill for artists, architects ,cartographers,sculptors etc to possess!(sometimes autistic children show great spatial abilities )the blind often actually use spatial memory to move around know spaces.

    As regards naturalistic intelligence- it is the ability to recognize orin other words- an awarenes of the natural environment

    Existentialism is something you are familiar with! existential intelligence is also the same- the ability to question greater issueslike life/-"I think therefore I am!"
    And now I close......

    By Blogger Raji Nair, at 3:36 AM  

  • dear raji, now i've got it. thanks for the clarifications. tactile and auditory and olfactory and taste-related intelligences are also there probably, although howard gardner doesn't include them. keats would be verbal- linguistic and sensory-intelligent i guess.and you're right i know all about existential intended.

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 10:08 PM  

  • Raji, thanks for the elucidation of MI - I agree with Koshy that seeing it in a nutshell makes it that much clearer!

    Have you seen the cartoon of a pig sitting and writing "I pink and therefore I ham?"!! That is an example of porcine existential intelligence!

    By Blogger Tara Kini, at 6:58 PM  

  • lol :)

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 7:28 AM  

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