MI Theory as Foundation for Children’s Learning Center in Hong Kong

A shopping mall in Hong Kong, called Discovery Park (D Park), has created a children’s educational facility based on the principals of MI theory. D Park aims to use its programs to teach parents and children in Hong Kong about the facets of MI theory and how to incorporate them into both their family and public education.

Keiko Ishiwata, President of Japan MI Society and lecturer at Yokohama National University, and Tomoe Fujimoto, Executive Director of Japan MI Society and President of Tomoe Soroban Co., Ltd., were invited to visit Discovery Park August 3rd to 6th, 2016 to give a presentation on MI Theory.

Below are photos from their presentation:

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For more information of D Park, visit their website at: https://www.dpark.com.hk/en/home.html

And to learn more about Japan MI Society, visit their website at: http://www.japanmi.com/ 

Could “Green” Hospitals Encourage Naturalist Intelligence in Children?

An article, published in October 2016 in the Boston Globe, discusses Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime’s campaign to increase greenery in Mass General’s Pediatric facilities.

Howard Gardner commented on this idea, saying:

“This article caught my eye. A pediatrician at major teaching hospital is attempting to instill nature into the hospitalization appearance. This will be done by setting up an atrium rich in flora. She hopes both to provide an appealing and calming milieu and to increase the young children’s sensitivity to their natural environment—and the threats posed by climate change.

As one who has posited the existence of a ‘naturalist intelligence’, I find this plan appealing. To be sure, we do not activate an intelligence simply by providing its components;  it’s important to have activities and exercises that develop discrimination, skills, and ultimately knowledge. But there is a long evolutionary history of human beings exploring nature so this immersion should not be difficult. In fact, it’s only in recent centuries that most human beings have moved away from rural areas, filled with plants and animals, to cities, where the experience of nature is mostly second hand.

One advantage of enhancing naturalist intelligence is that it does not simply operate with nature. Much of our consumer society as well as many of our artistic and scientific environments call for fine discrimination and careful classification. And so, the development of naturalist intelligence can have benefits for other spheres of life.”

A link to the article is available here via the Boston Globe.

MI Press: First Quarter of 2017

The theory of multiple intelligences continues to receive attention from disparate communities and corners of the globe as MI is seemingly discovered and applied anew. Thus far in 2017, we have become aware of several MI-themed articles that we wanted to share with our readers.

Many writers appear to be inspired by MI’s broad conception of human intellect, which takes into account abilities which are often not a component of formal education (such as interpersonal, interpersonal, and bodily-kinesthetic intelligences).

Click the links below to see what people are saying about MI in recent news!

 

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