Different Perspectives on ‘Intelligence’

According to a traditional definition, Intelligence consists of ability in logic and language. intelligence is a cognitive capacity. This capacity can be easily measured by short-answer tests e.g. Stanford-Binet Intelligence Quotient, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISCIV), Scholastic Aptitude Test.“Gardner's Multiple Intelligences theory challenged traditional beliefs in the fields of education and cognitive science.According to Howard Gardner, intelligence is:• The ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture;• A set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life;• The potential for finding or creating solutions for problems, which involves gathering new knowledge.The multiple intelligences approach encourages teachers to regard intellectual ability more broadly. Teachers are able to see that visual arts, music and dance are equally important for the growth of the student.Assessment of an individual's multiple intelligences can foster learning and problem-solving styles. Short answer tests are not used because they do not measure disciplinary mastery or deep understanding. They only measure rote memorization skills and one's ability to do well on short answer tests.Adopted from www.thirteen.orgThe paradigm change in intelligence theory has brought many changes in the teaching and learning strategies e.g. internal assessment system –Zero Project. Go to given link to explore more about MI.I would like you to reflect on above point of view on ‘Intelligence Theory’.What do you think- Is Multiple Intelligence theory helps us in teaching learning process?Is it effective?Or any other point of view on the issuehttp://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/upload/Multiple_Intelligences.pdf

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