Part 5 of 8 in our Blog Series on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
A logical learner, also known as a mathematical learner, enjoys exercising one’s mind and applying mathematical and logical reasoning to solve problems. Highly adept at recognizing patterns, logical learners can identify connections shared by things that have no obvious relation to one another. This ability leads them to compartmentalizing information in order to understand it better.
Of course, since logical learners are also referred to as mathematical learners, they enjoy working with numbers and have a seemingly uncanny ability to solve complicated math problems. Grasping the fundamentals of complex mathematical systems, such as trigonometry and algebra, is no problem for this type of learner. In fact, it may come so easy to them that they’re capable of working out complex math problems in their head without the use of a calculator.
Problem Solving for a Logical Learner
Logical learners create systematic ways of working through problems. Once a solution is found, the procedure is then stored in memory to be used when faced with a similar problem.
Some problem-solving techniques utilized by logical learners include: setting numerical targets and budgets, progress tracking, using agendas, itineraries, and to-do lists to stay organized, and perhaps even ranking daily activities in order of importance.
Behavior and Goals of a Logical Learner
Since these types of learners are so concerned with being scientifically correct, they may be quick to point out when there are logic flaws in something a person is saying, writing, or doing. For this reason, logical learners may come across as being abrasive, but they only have the best intentions in mind.
When at a job, in school, or even in one’s daily life — logical learners are strict followers of rules, processes, and procedures. However, if something doesn’t make sense to a logical learner, they may ask you to quantify it or prove it in order to see the logic in it.
Individuals with a logical learning style are likely to be motivated to pursue careers in science, math, accounting, investigative work, law, and computer science.
Teaching a Logical Learner
- Create lists: Studying can become more effective by creating lists of key points taken from the material being studied. Using statistics and other in-depth analyses can help further one’s understanding of the material.
- Make it illogical: Logical learners may find it beneficial to work through a problem by making it illogical. For example, if asked to memorize the association between two elements, there’s a better chance at recalling the information if the association was made to be illogical.
- Utilize systems thinking: Understanding the connection between various parts of a system can be made easier by utilizing systems thinking. For example, a logical learner may have an understanding of all the components that are used to build a computer but doesn’t understand how the components communicate with each other to perform tasks. Using systems thinking can help with achieving that understanding.
- Say no to analysis paralysis: It’s ok to over-analyze on occasion, but logical learners need to be careful not to become a victim of analyses paralysis. This is what occurs when someone spends so much time thinking about how to do something that it never gets done. Anyone should be able to see the lack of logic in spending more time planning and less time doing.
A logical learner can learn just as well as any other child, it all starts with understanding the learning style that works for them. Using these tips will help your child excel in school by allowing them to learn in a way they feel most comfortable. If you would like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explore the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
This is part 5 of our blog series covering all 8 of Howard Gardner’s proposed 8 intelligences. Click here to view Part 4.