Theory of Multiple Intelligences (M.I)
The theory of Multiple Intelligences (M.I.) was originally founded by Professor Howard Gardner of Harvard University over three decades ago and has since been carried out into many parts of the world.
Traditionally, intelligence is often defined as our intellectual potential and is commonly measured by fixed methods, such as IQ tests and examinations. However, current research indicates that intelligence is not merely a static structure but can also be measured in an open and dynamic system where children continue to develop throughout life.
According to Gardner’s theory, one form of intelligence is not better than another, as they are all equally valuable and viable. Yet, he discovered that different cultures are biased towards and against certain types of intelligence. These biases, added to the traditional theory of intelligence, have limited the development of curricula, instructional strategies, and current methods of assessment.
Recognizing this, R.E.A.L Kids is proud to adopt the concept of Multiple Intelligences into its preschool curriculum. Through M.I., we are able to develop an effective approach to nurture children and honouring their individual needs based on their strengths and areas of intelligence. As such, we at R.E.A.L Kids believe that every child is special and unique in their own right.
Learning How Children Learn Best
The theory of M.I. advocates that every person is smart, but at varying degrees of the M.I. scale. By broadening our view of intelligence and making opportunities available to every child, R.E.A.L Kids is able to leverage on the strengths of children as a means to complement their less developed areas. Essentially, there are 8 main types of ‘intelligence’ as outlined in M.I. These include: