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AMI Sourcebook

Mentor Teacher Group Guide: Adult Multiple Intelligences

The only reading that is not included in the study circle guide is the book published by the Teachers College Press (TCP), Multiple Intelligences and Adult Literacy: A Sourcebook for Practitioners (referred to as the AMI Sourcebook in the study circle guide).

Viens, J. & Kallenbach, S . (2004). Multiple Intelligences and Adult Literacy: A Sourcebook for Practitioners. New York, NY : Teachers College Press.

This sourcebook, developed specifically for practitioners, represents the culmination of the first study that applied Multiple Intelligences (MI) Theory to adult literacy. The study asked, “How can MI theory support instruction and assessment in adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)?” The sourcebook introduces practitioners to MI theory and its major tenets. Then through teacher reflection and illustrations of actual classroom experiences, the guide addresses issues involved in applying MI to practice, such as how MI theory can be used to support student reflection and self-understanding, and how MI theory can be adapted for specific contexts and goals. It includes concrete examples of how teachers translated MI theory to their contexts and useful guidelines for planning MI-informed lessons. This book also details the study’s findings about students’ responses to MI practices. Questions for reflection and discussion guide readers to develop their understanding of MI theory and how it can be applied in adult literacy education, to develop an understanding of the promises and challenges of using MI theory for self-reflection in the classroom, to learn how to use MI theory to develop learning experiences that build on all intelligences, and to determine appropriate applications of MI theory in specific teaching and learning contexts.

Copies of the AMI Sourcebook can be obtained in one of two ways: