MI and Habits of Mind in Arts Education

Howard Gardner and Ellen Winner discuss their respective research on multiple intelligences and arts education, as well as how these two lines of work fit together, in a newly-released short video.

Gardner is most known for the theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that humans have a single measurable intelligence, such as an IQ. Instead, the brain is analagous to a set of computers, each processing different information. His theory currently takes eight discrete intelligences into account. Explore the resources on this site to learn more.

Winner is supportive of arts education and has researched that realm extensively, coming to the conclusion that there is little evidence for claims that education in the arts improves overall test scores. Instead, the conversation around arts education should be changed, which she and her colleague Lois Hetland attempted to do by studying habits of mind in studio art classrooms.

In the video below, these two lines of work are explained and related to one another. Click to watch the full recording.

MI Theory Overview Video

The Brock International Prize in Education, which Howard Gardner was awarded in 2015, has created a short video summary of the theory of multiple intelligences.

In the engaging and quick feature, which incorporates illustrations and diagrams, the components and implications of MI theory are explained in simple terms.

Check out the 2-minute video below!

Multiple Intelligence International School Celebrates 20 Years

This year the Multiple Intelligence International School celebrates its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1996, the school aims to recognize individual differences among children and work with students to help them achieve their highest potential. They believe, as I do, that all students are intelligent in their own way.

In recognition of their anniversary, I offer the following statement:

 It is now more than a dozen years since the Multiple Intelligence International School was launched; congratulations on your thriving enterprise over that period. I had the privilege of visiting the school a few years ago and was impressed by the energy, motivation, and thoughtfulness exhibited by students, staff, and parents. Of the many “MI schools” that I have visited over the years, the Manila-based school stands out in terms of the care with which the program has been conceptualized and carried through. I am in regular touch with Founding Director Joy Abaquin and recently had the opportunity in New York to watch her interact with two dozen MI educators from all over the world. All attendees were appropriately impressed by Joy’s deep understanding of the key ideas of MI and her boundless energy in leading the school and producing future leaders for the Philippines and the world. I send you my warmest greetings and best wishes for many more years as a successful, pioneering educational institution.

Below is a series of videos created by the school to highlight the pioneering work that MIIS continues to undertake.

For more information, MIIS can be found online here.


Coverage from the Brock Prize Symposium

On March 24, 2015, Howard Gardner was awarded the Brock International Prize in Education for his worldwide contributions to practice in the field of education. An annual award presented to an influential or innovative educator, Gardner is the first scholar from Harvard University to be so honored.

Speaking at the Brock Prize Symposium at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma in a conversation moderated by President Richard K. Miller of Olin College, Gardner answered questions about his groundbreaking work on multiple intelligences (MI) theory, including the power of individuation and pluralization in educating for student understanding. Gardner also described his more recent work on the Good Project, including research investigating ethics in young people, whether a moral intelligence exists, how to discover the meaning of the “good,” and the distinction between the conceptions of neighborly morality and ethics of roles in a modern society.

A full video of the symposium event featuring discussion with Howard Gardner is available via YouTube below:

Additionally, an interview with Howard Gardner on Public Radio Tulsa program StudioTulsa in which he discusses his work and the award is accessible by clicking here.

Howard Gardner on “Beyond Wit and Grit”

As part of the Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations event held during the Harvard Graduate School of Education campaign launch on September 19, 2014, eight faculty members were each given eight minutes to discuss research-based ideas that they think will have an impact on the field.

Howard Gardner chose to talk on the topic of “Beyond Wit and Grit,” synthesizing his life’s work from Multiple Intelligences to the Good Project and coming to the conclusion that wits (intellectual capacities) and grit (work ethic and perseverance), directed towards “good” aims, will have a positive impact on society.

Watch the video of this lecture on YouTube below!

To view the other seven talks by HGSE faculty, click here.