Multiple Intelligences in Teaching and Education: Lessons Learned from Neuroscience

J Intell. 2018 Aug 31;6(3):38. doi: 10.3390/jintelligence6030038.


This brief paper summarizes a mixed method review of over 500 neuroscientific reports investigating the proposition that general intelligence (g or IQ) and multiple intelligences (MI) can be integrated based on common and unique neural systems. Extrapolated from this interpretation are five principles that inform teaching and curriculum so that education can be strengths-based and personalized to promote academic achievement. This framework is proposed as a comprehensive model for a system of educational cognitive neuroscience that will serve the fields of neuroscience as well as educators. Five key principles identified are culture matters, every brain is unique-activate strengths, know thyself, embodied cognition/emotional rudder, and make it mean something.

Keywords: and make it mean something; culture matters; embodied cognition/emotional rudder; every brain is unique—activate strengths; know thyself; multiple intelligences.