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Not single, but Multiple intelligences

Minggu, 07 November 2010

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Multiple Intelligences

Generally, many people think that the intelligent person is someone who has high intelligence Quotient (IQ). Such as in our reality, many people are more appreciate with student who get the highest score in exam rather than other students. They think that only person who has high IQ can be considered as intelligent people. However, we should not look at intelligence from one point of view. Intelligence person is not only someone who has high IQ or just good at mathematics or verbal linguistics. Because of that, there is a theory that believes that everyone can be considered as intelligent people because we have multiple intelligences in ourselves.
The theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983 to analyze and describe the concept of intelligence. The theory also addresses the question whether traditional IQ tests are truly scientific. Based on Howard Gardner there are eight of multiple intelligences. They are verbal linguistic, logical mathematic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, naturalist, musical, and bodily kinesthetic. He believes that we have multiple intelligences in ourselves but depend on how we explore them. We have to know and identify which one our multiple intelligences profiles. So, we can more deepen and sharp our multiple intelligences and that can be more than one of intelligences.
School is one of the best places to explore our intelligences. So teacher has an important role to build or kill the students’ intelligences. To build the students’ intelligences teachers have to use variety activities that cover of multiple intelligences in their teaching. For instance, by doing collaboration in group, discussing, watching video, listening to the music, practical in the real situation. As the result, not only teaching the theory but giving students chances to share their knowledge or opinion to each others and doing self reflection. Teaching is not only focus or assess students just from the students’ IQ.

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