Welcome to the Grundtvig learning partnership project web site for Multiple Intelligences and Parents’ Education (MI & PEdu) for North Herts College. This site provides all relevant information to keep up-to-date with the activities of the project (created by NHC and managed by M Green).
The MI & PEdu project is a Lifelong Learning programme funded by the European Commission Educational Partnerships - Grundtvig. North Hertfordshire College was successful with the UK proposal which was approved by the UK National Agency and will run over 2 years from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2013. (Additional information in the 'Reports' section). Staff and learners (Parents) will be involved in developing materials for this project and will take part in mobilities to partner organisation.
Parents are naturally interested in their child's education and learning style. To teach more effectively and efficiently we need be aware of the different Multiple Intelligences and what they can mean for the education of the children.
Multiple Intelligence (MI) Theory recognises that intelligence can come in many forms. Developed by the educational psychologist, Dr. Howard Gardner, M.I Theory extends our conventional notions of the gifted child by outlining 8 kinds of intelligence in any one (or more) of which a child may excel:
Each of these intelligences is briefly described based on Howard Gardner's MI Theory below:
- Linguistic intelligence - sensitivity to the meaning of words, grammar rules and the function of language as in writing an essay
- Musical intelligence - ability to hear tones, rhythms and musical patterns, pitch and timbre, as in composing a symphony
- Logical / mathematical intelligence - ability to see relationships between objects and solve problems, as in calculus and engineering
- Visual / Spatial intelligence - ability to perceive and mimic objects in different forms or contexts, as in miming or impressionist painting;
- Bodily / kinesthetic intelligence - using the body, perceptual and motor systems in the brain to solve a problem, as in catching a ball
- Intrapersonal intelligence - ability to understand and define inner feelings, as in poetry and therapy
- Interpersonal intelligence - sensitivity to the actions, moods and feelings of others, as in teaching and parenting
- Naturalist intelligence - ability to easily recognise and classify plants, animals and other species in nature. Some young children are great at this: Take the four-year-old who's an encyclopaedia of dinosaur facts!