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Introduction

Adult Multiple Intelligences

This NCSALL Study Circle addresses Howard Gardnerís theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) and its application in the practice of adult basic education. The readings from Multiple Intelligences and Adult Literacy: A Sourcebook for Practitioners (referred to throughout this Guide as the AMI Sourcebook) introduce the MI theory and discuss experiences of practitioner researchers as they apply the theory in a variety of adult basic education contexts. This Adult Multiple Intelligences (AMI) study is the first systematic application of Gardnerís MI theory in the adult literacy field. The AMI Sourcebook is an honest report of the successes and challenges of using MI theory to inform instruction and self-reflection among ESOL, ABE, and GED adult learners.

In Session One, the Study Circle group will examine Gardnerís theory of Multiple Intelligences and develop a better understanding of the eight intelligences and the relationship among them. Participants will learn about their own intelligences and discuss approaches they may already be using to apply MI theory in their instructional settings.

Session Two includes discussion about issues that teachers in the study addressed when implementing MI-inspired instruction. Participants will reflect on the promises and challenges they may face while implementing MI theory in their own programs. They will also strategize about how to decrease barriers and increase supports for using MI theory in teaching.

In the final session, Session Three, the group will learn about common features of MI-informed practice that emerged from the experiences of teachers in the study. Participants will discuss the process, challenges, and outcomes of MI-inspired lessons. In the last part of the session, participants will plan actions they will take to apply MI in their work.