Educators all over the world recognize that their students are unique individuals with different proclivities, passions and interests. However, educators need frameworks for understanding and responding to these differences in the context of classroom and other learning environments. The theory of multiple intelligences (MI), an evidence-based theory developed by HGSE Professor Howard Gardner, offers educators a powerful way to address diverse learner profiles.
 
MI theory is a critique of the standard psychological view of intelligence—that there is a single intelligence, adequately measured by IQ or other short answer tests. Instead, MI theory claims that human beings have a number of relatively discrete intellectual capacities. This course will help participants understand the many dimensions and applications of the theory as they learn how to more effectively build all students’ understanding of important knowledge and skills valued in and beyond school. In the process, you will cultivate observation and analysis skills for understanding students' diverse strengths, learn how to teach critical content in several different ways, and develop a curriculum and assessment unit plan for enhancing student learning.

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