Gardner's Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

Cindy Posted May 7, 2012
by Cindy

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences proposes that when you judge someone's level of intelligence you should not base your analysis on one general ability, but on a range of abilities. The intelligences do not exist in a hierarchy, and it is generally considered important for a person to exercise and exhibit a multitude of different intelligences for them to be viewed as talented and well rounded.

The intelligences that Gardner identified are as follows:

Multiple Inteligences


This area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning and numbers.


This area deals with spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind's eye.


This area has to do with words, spoken or written.


The core elements of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are control of one's bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully.


This area has to do with sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music.


This area has to do with interaction with others.


This area has to do with introspection and self-reflective capacities.


This area has to do with nurturing and relating information to one’s natural surroundings.

Why does it matter to us at TrueSmarts?

Multiple intelligence theory is a large part of how we have organized TrueSmarts. We think it is important for children to develop in a variety of different ways in order to be adaptable, flexible and well rounded.

There are other advantages to approaching your child's learning from the multiple intelligences vantage point.  For instance, if you teach your child in a way that appeals to a dominant intelligence it will help to hold a child's attention. Conversely, teaching a lesson in a way that exercises a weaker intelligence helps a child to stay challenged and to be more flexible and well rounded.

Additionally, we know that traditional education has a strong focus on Linguistic and Mathematical intelligences and usually neglects the other intelligences for lack of time and/or resources.  Therefore, TrueSmarts was built as a resource which will help you expand and encourage your child's different intelligences.

We encourage you to browse for the current list of activities for each intelligence:  


Tags: Logical-Mathematical Intelligence  TrueSmarts Inspiration  Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence  Interpersonal Intelligence  Naturalistic Intelligence  Musical Intelligence  Intrapersonal Intelligence  Spatial Intelligence  Linguistic Intelligence 


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