Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with the Harvard University professor about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment.
Type of Material:
Can be used as part of a lesson plan for in-class, homework, individual, team, and lecture assignments for the study of MI and other learning theories.
A browser and the ability to play a YouTube video.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Howard Gardner, the originator of theory multiple intelligences theory speaks to that theory in this 8 minute video.
Target Student Population:
Designed for teachers, but can also be used with mature students to allow them to think about how they learn.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Must be mature enough for a discussion of the material.
Howard Gardner is the originator of multiple intelligences theory. To hear him describe the theory in a video makes it more meaningful and easier to understand than reading about it in a textbook.
Gardner describes that to incorporate knowledge, students need to experience the material rather than memorize it. The theory of multiple intelligences has generated a lot of controversy, especially in the application to the classroom.
Although the video and transcript is from 1997 there is also a companion site that allows comments and many of them are more recent.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This short video can be integrated into any lesson about learning theory and incorporated several ways including a side-by-side comparison with other learning theories. Viewing the video of the proponent of multiple intelligences allows teachers and students to have a better discussion of the application to their own situation.
It would be helpful to have a more recent interview with Gardner included in this site since he is still updating his ideas. The basic concepts contained in the video are still valid.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Since the video is short, it easily holds learner attention.
Easy to use because it is a video published on YouTube.com. Most users are quite familiar with the YouTube interface.
It represents the theories of a thought leader who is esteemed in the field of education.
The video provides for accessibility by including accurate subtitling as well as a transcript.
Good introduction to Gardner's theories but should also contain a link to his latest videos.
Other Issues and Comments:
The video has aged well since 1997. It could use an update. This is a good site to alert future teachers of Gardner's theories and discuss them.
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