September 12, 1997
Seminar Focuses on Theory of Multiple Intelligences
A seminar focusing on the theory of multiple intelligences, presented by Howard Gardner, professor of education and co-director of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is scheduled for November at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
The seminar for educators, titled "Teaching for Understanding: Myths and Realities about the Theory of Multiple Intelligences," will take place Friday, Nov. 7 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education & Recreation Building on the University campus.
Gardner will reflect on the theory of multiple intelligences and its evolution over the last decade, focusing on some of the new conceptions that have emerged and describing efforts to identify new intelligences. The theory has proved controversial within psychology and has generated considerable interest in educational circles both in the United States and abroad.
Much of the interest has centered around the creation of educational environments that consider differences among students centrally in teaching technique and assessment approaches.
Some of the major themes to be discussed in the seminar are: learning, psychology/development, mental-representation, redefining intelligence, the eight intelligences, MI applications/ MI myths, the unschooled mind, and enemies of understanding. Other topics to be discussed will be cognitive revolution, intelligence testing, uniform schools, individualized education, the relativity of intelligence, cognitive Freudianism, direct-confrontations, multiple entry points and understanding-performances.
Gardner has authored a number of books, including "Frames of Mind," "Multiple Intelligences," and "Creating Minds."
He published the book, "Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences," in 1983, which was intended as a critique of contemporary psychometric approaches to intelligence and also as a presentation of a new approach to thinking about human cognition. Viewing intelligence as the capacity to solve problems and fashion products that are valued in the culture, Gardner proposed at least seven relatively autonomous human intelligences.
He won a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and was the first American to win the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1990.
A one-credit graduate option is available for the seminar, with an estimated tuition of $215, plus a $25 registration fee. The registration fee for non-credit participants is $125, which includes materials, refreshments and Saturday lunch. Fees can be made payable to UW-Extension. Registration is limited to 500 participants. The deadline is Oct. 24, or earlier if the limit is reached. For more information, call 715/425- 3256.