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  January 8, 2010


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Multiple Intelligences

      Critics of Gardner's "Multiple Intelligences" say that there is such a thing as "g" or general intelligence. They argue that all of us do differ in intelligence and this difference can be measured by comprehensive tests of intellectual ability, such as the Stanford-Binet and the WISC IV. The critics also say that the Multiple Intelligence theory is not well defined and lacks the accuracy and precision of cognitive science.

     Although Gardner did not initially see his theory as an approach to education, he has consulted with groups who have organized "MI schools." He has also written articles to clarify some misunderstandings about the MI theory, such as "confusing an intelligence with a learning style."

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