Howard Gardner, the man who coined the term "Multiple Intelligences" states that Multiple intelligences are not the same as learning styles and takes issue with the confusion. Many years ago (15+) I noticed Gardner's research and recognized its importance in teaching children. Often learning styles and Multiple Intelligences would
About 5 years ago I questioned labeling learning styles for children. I recognize that people have various favorite ways of learning. However, I think labeling it "learning styles" causes confusion and doesn't recognize how the brain processes information in connection with other senses. I noticed this after brain surgery. I noticed
Just recently I came across an article written by Howard Gardner. They reprinted it in the Washington Post in 2013. In the short article, Gardner explains how Multiple Intelligences is not "learning styles," and that we should not use term learning styles because it causes confusion and there is not sufficient evidence it helps teachers or students.
Gardner gives three primary takeaways for educators. They are:
2. Pluralize your teaching. Teach important materials in several ways, not just one (e.g. through stories, works of art, diagrams, role play). In this way, you can reach students who learn in different ways. Also, by presenting materials in various ways, you convey what it means to understand something well. If you can only teach in one way, your own understanding is likely to be thin.
The article is worth reading. It is short and will make you think about how you teach.