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Joan Aubrey

Entry 5: Multiple Intelligences

1. Summarize the intelligences in Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences and explain


which ones were your strengths. Include your MI test results in your entry. How have
these strengths affected your life so far, and how might you use these strengths to be
success in school and/or in your future career?
The belief that intelligence is not one thing but in fact is dependent on several factors (Week 6:
Multiple Intelligence).

How we communicate in written and spoken words


Our level of analyzing mathematical problems
Visual
Bodily kinesthetic: participation in sports and activities that use our muscles.
Musical: Having an understand of music and rhymn.
Interpersonal: Having the ability to interact socially. Understanding others, ability to
manage others emotions (a level of emotional intelligence)
Intrapersonal: Understanding ones self and how to manage ones own emotions.
Naturalist: having an interest in nature and the environment.

From the multiple intelligence test, my strengths are linguistic, musical, intrapersonal and
interpersonal intelligence. My last job was in customer service environment so being able to
communicate and to interact with others was very important. In this environment, I needed to
understand others emotions and to decide how to respond to them. I also needed to understand
my own emotions when reacting to clients and staff so that despite sometimes unpleasant
information I could always remain calm and professional
Communication is very important, in school I need to communicate with professors and fellow
students alike to facilitate my learning, especially when clarification is needed. I use my
interpersonal intelligence to collaborate with my fellow students in team projects and to develop
personal relationships in the classroom and beyond.
To be successful as a human resource professional, being able to communicate with others as
well as understanding my own and others emotions and how to regulate will be good soft skills
to have. Communication, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence will also help me to be
successful in my family life and other social encounters.

2. How could Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences be successful applied to the


college classroom? Refer to information from the EDpuzzle video and the Multiple
Intelligence Research video in your response.
Gardner believes that there are several different areas of abilities that should be called
intelligence. He believed that strengths and weakness in one area is un-related to abilities in
another. His 8 areas of intelligence were:
Linguistic, logical, visual, bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal. In the
Edpuzzle, my understanding is that if we want to maximize our intelligence, we need to involved
deep learning. Deep learning is a result of being actively engaged in our own learning process
including practical applications of new knowledge, by asking questions, undertaking
experiments and conducting interviews with others on the subject. Research has shown that it
is easier to retain new information in that way, otherwise, there is a risk that all the information
that the student learns in college will disappear a year or two after college.
As students, we should constantly assess our own learning instead of relying on tests to do so.
We should be interested and involved in our own learning. (Week 6: Theory of Multiple
Intelligence & EdPuzzle).

3. Explain the difference between learning styles and Multiple Intelligences by referring
to information from class content. Use examples of your own learning styles and your
own Multiple Intelligences to demonstrate how these are different things.
Multiple intelligence is the belief introduced by Howard Gardner that states that intelligence is
not one thing (G) as was previously thought, but intelligence can be in different forms, and that
strength/weakness in one area is un-related to ability in another (Linguistic, logical, visual,
bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal).
Learning styles on the other hand is our preferred way of taking, storing and retrieving
information. Example some people learn best by seeing and touching.
Based on Gardners multiple intelligence theories, my strengths are; linguistic, musical,
interpersonal and intrapersonal. I do well with communication (spoken and written word), I have
a knack for music and singing and I the ability to get along with others. That is Multiple
Intelligence.
I take in and store new information, more efficiently, if I receive this information visually (written
work, images, pictures). This is an example of what my learning style would be (Week 6:
Evaluating Multiple Intelligence/Learning Styles vs, Multiple Intelligence).

8. Discuss a situation in your life where you needed to use EACH of Sternbergs three
intelligences (practical, creative and analytical). Explain how you used each of these in
that situation. Do you think that most situations require a balance of all three
intelligences or are there some situations where only one or two would be needed?
Practical: As a parent, I meet my childrens need as they grow from baby to teenage/pre-
teen from experience and knowledge that I have learnt along the way. I improvise, when
new situations arise, sometimes without thinking about it (being a nurse, cook,
hairdresser, counsellor)
Creative: Working in the customer service field, it was necessary to be creative in
resolving customer issues based on the incident and the client personality.
Analytical: At my previous job, I had to interpret financial reports sufficient to deliver results
to other staff.
Some situations require one of the intelligences more than the other, for example, when I took a
statistics course, the analytic intelligence would serve me best, however I think to be well
rounded, it is better to find balance in all three (Week 6: Introduction to Triarchic Theory).

Entry 5: Part B.
Think about the following questions and answer AT LEAST four (4) of them in your ePortfolio
entry:

1. What challenges did you face in completing the entry?


There is a lot of information to process
2.How did you address or overcome these challenges?
I break the lessons into chunks instead of trying to complete in one sitting.
3. What did you do well in completing this entry? What were your successes?
Completing Entry 6 in a timely manner, because I entered the information directly into a word
document while going through the class content.
4. How can you use your successes in future entries?
Definitely. Moving forward, I will adopt this process.
5. How does your learning from this section of the course relate to other courses you have
taken, or to your own life?
I learnt a bit on learning theories in Organizational Behavior course as well as Psychology for
Human Resource professionals