The multiple intelligences theory provides an effective instructional framework. Using the multiple intelligences theory doesn’t require an overhaul of a curriculum, but rather a framework for enhancing instruction. It gives teachers a complex mental model from which to construct curriculum and improve themselves as educators.
As Mark Wahl (2013 Mark Wahl Learning Services) says, “You’ve probably discovered that successful math learning (useful, conceptually grounded, transferable to new situations, real-world relevant) is pretty rare – to be treasured when it happens. But how to make that happen more often - that’s the question!”
We’ve heard the expression that math instruction in the United States is “a mile wide and an inch deep.” Put another way, our students end up with little knowledge because we are expected to cover an ever-growing number of topics each year. Students have poor number sense when procedures take precedence over true math thinking and problem solving.
When considering the multiple intelligences, it is imperative that we use more than the logical-mathematical intelligence in mathematics education. Although we all know the world through multiple intelligences, the difference is in the strength of these intelligences. Helping students to understand and value the uniqueness of their own approaches to learning is empowering and provides a starting point for further development.