Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence
Mathematical-logical and Verbal intelligence represent core intelligence.
Determining Appropriate Education for a World of Multiple Intelligence
Determining educational requirements begins by matching a person's special intelligence
with careers that reward this intelligence. Careers have many levels of competition.
Choosing one's appropriate level requires honest analysis of intelligence, motivation,
and personal needs. For example, the health industry requires doctors and nurses,
hospital directors and floor supervisors, x-ray technicians, and physical therapists.
one in which core and special intelligence requirements are reasonably satisfied.
Success at any level will be enhanced by improving skills related to non-core and non-special intelligence. A person might not like going to the office picnic or talking to potential customers, but developing these interpersonal skills is important to economic success.
The dynamic nature of business may cause skill requirements for a particular career
Developing Special Skills is Important
Once minimum core intelligence skill requirements have been satisfied for a given career level, economic and academic returns from education will be maximized by developing special intelligence skills. People who ignore the process of determining appropriate education for a world of multiple intelligence may receive little return from their education.
Bureau of the Census 1992 data indicates that approximately 25% of the bachelor degree holders earn less than the median high school graduate and approximately 20% of the high school graduates earn more than the median college graduate. Percentages vary depending upon age, gender, and other demographic characteristics.
National Survey of Adult Literacy tests measuring Prose, Document (understanding forms), and Quantitative skills conducted by the Department of Education in 1992 reported that 15 to 20% of four-year college graduates have skill levels below median high school graduates.
Intelligence is a term used by some educators. It is related to
interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence.
2) "How Many Smarts Do You Have?," Business Week, September 16, 1996,
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