How many Intelligences are there really?

I’ll be honest. I’m not really sure what direction I’ll take after graduation. I spent close to a decade in financial services (servicing, selling, and more recently training). I’ve found that adult education along with training and development are things that I enjoy and look forward to, so right now that’s my plan. Instructional Design seems to fit nicely into these topics.

I’ve both taken and administered what’s called a VAK (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) Learning Styles assessment in the past. I’ve always found myself to be first and foremost, an Auditory learner. Hey, what can I say? I like the sound of my own voice and seem to learn best from others verbally sharing things with me. Next would be Visual. Seeing it done after hearing about it can connect the dots for me. My Kinesthetic orientation is about as strong as my interest in mathematics. Sure, learning by doing is good for some and I’m not opposed to it. I just prefer another way.

I chose to take the Basic Multiple Intelligences test and my results are as follows:

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I am definitely a “people person”, so I’m not surprised by the high Interpersonal percentage. I also love music and reading, but really can’t get into math (at least I’ve convinced myself I don’t like it), so this seems right on from the start.

Working in admissions for a private technical college is an interesting challenge for me since almost everyone I encounter is a “hands-on” learner. The school prides itself on lab availability which is something I never really cared about. People who come to the school that I represent really don’t want the “soft skill” classes (i.e. Group Theory, Composition, Communications, etc.). They are mainly concerned with the core content: “How much time do I get to spend in the lab?” and “How long do I have to wait before I get to work in the lab?” are common questions I encounter. Again, these types of thing are not that important to me, but I have to make them a priority since they are important to my students.

I’ll be reading more about the Naturalist side of things. While I’m not an avid outdoorsy person, I truly appreciate the world we live in. I am a firm believer in the “3 R’s” (recycle, reuse, and reduce for those of you who forgot), and I find myself quite interested in the environment as well as outer space. I have this thing for the Moon (that could be a direct result of my father always telling me She was good luck [yes I said She]).

At any rate, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to delve into Multiple Intelligences and find out more about how they directly impact learning.

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