Intelligence and Learning Theories

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There are many intelligence theories that attempt to address the ways children learn. IQ (Intelligence Quotient) theory focuses upon intelligence to determine the way children learn. Children’s ability to succeed academically and the ability to become societal leaders also influence IQ intelligence.

Visual/spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive the visual. Visual/spatial learners think in pictures and depend upon pictures, charts and movies to help them retain information by creating mental images. Verbal/linguistic intelligence is the ability to use words in the context of language. Children with this intelligence have very developed auditory skills. Logical/mathematical intelligence is the capability to use reason, logic and numbers. These learners think logically in terms of concepts and numerical patterns. They draw conclusions from various pieces of information.

Bodily/kinaesthetic intelligence is the ability to control bodily movements and skillfully handle objects. These learners express themselves through movement, have a sense of balance and possess eye-hand coordination abilities. They remember and process information by interacting with the space that surrounds them. Musical/rhythmic intelligence is the ability to produce and appreciate music and many of them are very sensitive to the sounds they hear in their surrounding environment.

Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand other people and develop relationships with them. These learners adapt to the viewpoints of others by sensing the feelings, motivation and intentions of other people. Intrapersonal intelligence is an inward, self-reflective ability that helps these learners understand their inner feelings, relationships with others and dreams. They possess a unique understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses

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