Multiple Intelligences Around the World
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"Cultures are like chemical elements. You can mix two of them, and you might get something useful like water or table salt. But you might also blow up the kitchen."
Thomas Armstrong from Multiple Intelligences Around the World

Multiple intelligences (MI) theory has been introduced and implemented successfully in numerous countries around the world. This is the first collection to review, synthesize, and reflect on this unique cross-cultural and educational phenomenon. Through this synthesis and reflection, the book's authors provide a fresh and fuller understanding of MI theory. In addition, they develop more specific knowledge about why MI theory has been welcomed in so many countries, how its use can be appropriate in diverse cultures, and what has supported and fueled travel of the MI meme.


Jie-Qi Chen is professor of child development and early education at Erikson Institute. A Fulbright Senior Specialist and author of several books, Chen specializes in cognitive development, early mathematics education, classroom assessment, and teacher professional development in urban settings.

Seana Moran is research manager of the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University. Her work focuses on how people contribute to their cultures, putting their multiple intelligences to good use through purpose, commitment, and creativity.

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. He received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1990. Gardner is the author of over twenty books translated into twenty-seven languages.


The Contributors.


1 Birth and the Spreading of a “Meme” (Howard Gardner).

2 When Cultures Connect: Multiple Intelligences Theory as a Successful American Export to Other Countries (Thomas Armstrong).


3 China’s Assimilation of MI Theory in Education: Accent on the Family and Harmony (Jie-Qi Chen).

4 Multiple Intelligences in China: Challenges and Hopes (Happy Hoi-Ping Cheung).

5 Multiple Intelligences Theory on the Mainland of China (Zhilong Shen).

6 A Decade of School-Based MI Teaching Experiments in Macao (Kwok-cheung Cheung).

7 Multiple Intelligences Perspectives from Japan (David Howland, Tomoe Fujimoto, Keiko Ishiwata, and Masao Kamijo).

8 The Integration of MI Theory in South Korean Educational Practice (Myung-Hee Kim and Kyung-Hee Cha).

9 Multiple Intelligences Make a Difference (Mary Joy Canon-Abaquin).

10 Multiple Intelligences Theory and Day Care Center Reform in Tagbilaran City (Carissa Gatmaitan-Bernardo).

11 Dinosaurs and Taxis: Educating Learners with Diverse Needs (Wilma Vialle).


12 Multiple Intelligences in Norway (Mia Keinänen).

13 The Application of MI Theory in Danish Education (Hans Henrik Knoop).

14 The Explorama: Multiple Intelligences in the Science Park, Danfoss Universe (Charlotte Sahl-Madsen, with Patricia Kyed).

15 An English Translation? Multiple Intelligences in England (Anna Craft).

16 Does Every Child Matter in England? (Mike Fleetham).

17 Multiple Intelligences in Ireland (Áine Hyland and Marian McCarthy).

18 The Contribution of MI to the Creation of a Culture of Ideas in Scottish Education (Brian Boyd).

19 Curriculum Reframed: Multiple Intelligences and New Routes to Teaching and Learning in Romanian Universities (Florence Mihaela Singer and Ligia Sarivan).

20 Multiple Intelligences Practices in Turkey (Osman Nafi z Kaya and Ziya Selçuk).


21 Multiple Intelligences Theory in Argentina: A Conceptual Framework That Favors an Education for All (Paula Pogré and Marcela Rogé).

22 Personal Intelligences and a Colombian Experience (Mar ía Ximena Barrera and Patricia León-Agustí).

23 Multiple Intelligences and Constructionism in the Digital Era (Antonio M. Battro).


24 The World’s First Multiple Intelligences School: The Story of  the Key Learning Community (Chris Kunkel).

25 Multiple Intelligences Around the World: The New City School Story (Thomas R. Hoerr).

26 What If They Learn Differently? Inteligencias Múltiples ¡Despierte el Potencial de Aprendizaje! (René Díaz-Lefebvre).

27 Problem Solving and the DISCOVER Project: Lessons from the Diné (Navajo) People (C. June Maker and Ketty Sarouphim).

28 The Howard Gardner School for Discovery (Vincent Rizzo).

29 The Challenges of Assessing the Multiple Intelligences Around the World (C. Branton Shearer).


30 Why Multiple Intelligences? (Seana Moran).

31 What’s Policy Got to Do with It? A Policy Perspective on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Mindy L. Kornhaber).

32 Cultural Zone of Proximal Development: A Construct to Further Our Understanding of MI Around the World (Jie-Qi Chen).

Appendix: Chapter Topics and Issues.

Name Index.

Subject Index.