We are pleased to announce the inauguration of a free newsletter, provided
by Multiple Intelligences Research and Consulting, devoted to research and
application of the theory of Multiple Intelligences.
The MI-News is delivered approximately twice per month free via email.
Subscription instructions are given below.

 This newsletter is under the direction of Dr. Branton Shearer, who has
developed the widely used  "Multiple Intelligence Developmental Assessment
Scales" (MIDAS) over the past ten years.  The editor is  Clifford Morris.
Each issue will contain reviews of current research, interviews with people
using and applying multiple intelligences models, columns on parenting,
and information contributed by readers.

The paragraphs below briefly describe multiple intelligences theory for
those who may not be thoroughly familiar with this pioneering research.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

The theory of multiple intelligences (MI) was first described by Howard 
Gardner in Frames of Mind (1983). Howard Gardner is Professor of Education 
at Harvard University and holds research appointments at the Boston 
Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Boston University School of 
Medicine. Gardner defines intelligence as "an ability or set of abilities 
that allow a person to solve a problem or fashion a product that is valued 
in one or more cultures". His most current research indicates that there 
are eight distinct forms of intelligence: linguistic, logical-mathematical, 
spatial, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and the 
naturalist. People possess all eight intelligences but in varying degrees 
of strength and skill.

Gardner's above definition suggests a broad view of cognitive functioning 
and is in sharp contrast to intelligence as defined by the intelligence 
quotient (I.Q.). I.Q. theory (based solely on the linguistic and 
logical-mathematical intelligences) assumes that a person's intellectual 
potential is a fixed, genetically determined trait, which can be measured 
early in life and will determine an individual's potential. Until 
Gardner's arrival, this "dip-stick", unitary model of intelligence was 
perceived throughout most of the world as the norm. In short, the theory 
of multiple intelligences first introduced in 1983 continues to open the 
minds of educators, psychologists and parents world-wide as to how learning 
and education can be bettered so that all persons may be guided to achieve 
their maximum potential. 

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