In this episode of the Southern Fried Scholar podcast, we explore Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, and look for examples of multiple intelligences demonstrated by characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, and The Goonies.
- Dr. Howard Gardner, a prominent psychologist at Harvard University, theorized the idea of multiple intelligences (MI) and published the first book about MI in 1983. He defines an intelligence as “the ability to solve a problem or create a product that is valued within one or more cultures.”
- Currently, Dr. Gardner’s MI framework includes 8 intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, kinesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal, interpersonal, and naturalistic. He has mentioned two potential additions – pedagogical intelligence and existential intelligence – but he has not yet added these to the official MI model.
- While there is not a formal MI assessment available that is endorsed by Dr. Gardner, you can take an informal self-assessment here and here.
- Learn more about MI in this Big Think video with Dr. Gardner.
- Learn about MI theory and education here: http://infed.org/mobi/howard-gardner-multiple-intelligences-and-education/
- Additional MI resources are available here: http://multipleintelligencesoasis.org/resources
- This is a great summary with examples of the eight intelligences: http://www.miresearch.org/multiple-intelligences/mi-theory/
- Characters mentioned from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, and The Goonies
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