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Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

When it comes to multiple intelligences and learning styles, it’s believed that each learner has a primary learning style, and he or she can be taught how to study in a way that compliments their particular learning style.

In addition, the theory of multiple intelligences and learning styles suggests that people also have a secondary style of learning which can be used to reinforce their primary learning style.

According to studies, students have been proven to learn more effectively when multiple intelligences and learning styles are considered. When educators teach in a way that complements a student’s primary and secondary learning style, that student has the potential to perform better in their studies.

A person’s learning style can be determined through a variety of ways — for a list of resources see www.learningstyles.net — and once determined can be used as the person’s strength that will enable them to master new and difficult information.

Matching multiple intelligences and learning styles with educational models compatible with an individual’s preferences has been proven to be beneficial to that person’s academic success.

When considering multiple intelligences and learning styles we’re about to go over in this article, keep in mind that at no time are we suggesting one is better than the other.

Instead, what we’re aiming to do with this article is examine how multiple intelligences and learning styles are different and complementary.

When multiple intelligences and learning styles are matched together this can lead to an increase in student learning.

In a book titled “Developing Students’ Multiple Intelligences”, author Kristen Nicholson-Nelson proposed that people who are smart in an intelligence learn best through methods associated with that intelligence.

That being said, here is a list of Howard Gardner’s eight multiple intelligences and complementary learning styles.

List of Howard Gardner’s Eight Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

  • Verbal-linguistic: learn best through reading, hearing, and seeing words and speaking, writing, discussing, and debating ideas.
  • Math-logical: learn best through working with patterns and relationships, classifying and categorizing, and working with the abstract.
  • Spatial: learn best in working with pictures and colors, visualizing and using the mind’s eye, and drawing.
  • Bodily-kinesthetic: learn best touching, moving, and processing knowledge through bodily sensation.
  • Musical: learn best with rhythm and melody, singing, and listening to music and melodies.
  • Interpersonal: learn best through sharing, comparing and relating with others, interviewing, and cooperating.
  • Intrapersonal: learn best through working alone, doing self-paced projects, and reflecting.
  • Naturalists: learn best when working in nature, exploring living things, and learning about plants and natural events.

Howard Gardner strongly believes people can develop each of the above multiple intelligences and learning styles to varying degrees. All people are different and have different combinations of the above learning styles, each of which are important.

To help identify your child’s learning style we welcome you to browse through some of the game on our site, all of which have been designed to identify multiple intelligences and learning styles. Show them to your child and watch how they interact with the games. Best of all, gaming is always free at Identifor.

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