Implications of Multiple Intelligences and Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic Learning Preference
Conlon, Paul M.
Submission to the Friends of Fondren Library Graduate Research Awards, 2012
This qualitative study refutes cognitive assessment instruments as definitive measures of human intelligence. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (MI) is found to agitate the conventional wisdom concerning the appraisal of human intellectual proclivity. Though Gardner’s theory is defended as a more comprehensive, assessment methodology; limitations to multiple intelligence theory are elucidated. Visual/Auditory/Kinesthetic (VAK) Learning Modality is correlated as an appropriate model for evaluating multiple intelligence theory due to its multi-sensory foci. The resultant analysis reveals objective correlation between MI and VAK to be consternated by variables such as culture and self-bias; however, the research advances the discussion as to how to more efficiently and effectively increase learner achievement and outcomes.