Howard Gardner is an internationally recognized leader in the field of developmental psychology. He has prolifically authored several books and journal articles on the nature of intelligence. He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences (Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice
). Gardner defines intelligence as the ability to solve problems in a given context. Consider a 12-year old Puluwat in the Caroline Islands, he says, who has been selected by his elders to learn how to become a master sailor " under the tutelage of master navigators he will learn how to combine knowledge of sailing stars and geography so as to find his way around hundreds of islands. Or consider the 14- year old adolescent in Paris who has learnt how to program a computer and is beginning to compose works of music with the aid of a synthesizer ". A moment's reflection, says Gardner, reveals that each of these individuals is " demonstrating a high level of competence in a challenging field and should by any reasonable definition of the term be viewed as exhibiting intelligent behaviour".
Gardner argues that there are at least 6 kinds of intelligences : Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Musical, Linguistic, Mathematico Logical, Visual Spacial. The underlying point is that intelligence is multifaceted, rich, complex and highly diverse.
Our goal in this post, however, is not to discuss intelligence and its different representations for it would be beyond the scope of this short post but we would rather provide you with some iPad apps that are a direct application of Howard's 6 kinds of intelligences. Again Langwiches is for rescue. She created the graphic below but did one little error which is that she did not attach links to the apps names. Check out the apps below and let us know what you think of them,.