The Use of Multiple Intelligences for the Encouragement of Children: Gardner and the Adlerian Community

Gardner (1983) proposed a new working definition of intelligence, challenging the traditional view with all its biases. His theory of multiple intelligences shares various concepts found in Adlerian psychology, namely equality, encouragement, and social interest. Although Gardner's theories have slowly gained a measure of acceptance among some educators, it is vital that parents and teachers understand the concept of multiple intelligences more completely. This paper looks with an Adlerian lens at the problem of discouraged children in schools. It proposes solutions based on published literature and personal interviews of educators who employ multiple intelligence theory in their teaching.

Cynthia M. Gill
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