EduSci (Individual Assignment): Theorist’s Learning Environment

Howard Gardner:

My reflection on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences:

Professor Howard Gardner is known worldwide for his influential theory of “multiple intelligences.”

According to Howard Gardner, the eight intelligences are:

  1. Words (linguistic intelligence), Good with Poems and Rhymes, reading or writing, learning new languages quickly than others, making short story long and fascinating.
  2. Numbers or logic (logical-mathematical intelligence) Logic or taking tests, critical thinking, making and reading graphs,
  3. Pictures (spatial intelligence), How well can you visualize something in your mind’s eye, how well you can think in your mind, how can you read a map.
  4. Music (musical intelligence), this is associated with harmonic and rhythmic music. Being able to interpret sounds, tones and pitches.
  5. Self-reflection (intrapersonal intelligence), is different from Interpersonal intelligence. It is more about how you understand yourself, are you self-awared what feelings you are feeling, you know your strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Physical experience (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence) you are good at moving your own body, you can handle objects skillfully, People that are very intelligent in bodily-kinesthetic are Dancers, actors, soldiers and many sports athletes.
  7. A social experience (interpersonal intelligence), understand other people’s emotions, understanding social etiquettes norms, motivating skills.
  8. Naturalistic: In Biological sciences, intelligent in naturalistic field.

Class Room Implications:

In the classroom, students will use different type of intelligence to gain and use knowledge. Howard Gardner suggests that instructional methods should include variety of activities that supports all intelligence, for example physical education, role playing, arts, cooperative learning and creative play.


My Class Room Audience:

  1. 8-10 Undergraduate Tourism/Business Management Students
  2. Learning Centers: Student Motivation, Student Learning, Intelligence Strengthening

Class Room Settings:  Multi-purpose Smart Screens (two or three), Round Tables, Enough space for 8-10 students to move around.

Linguistic intelligence:

  • Foundation of presentation/teaching is Powerpoint to build Linguistic intelligence.
  • Round table discussions and debates
  • Sharing of ideas
  • Fill in the blanks hand-outs

Logical-mathematical intelligence:

  • Financial Calculations/ Financial Management
  • Students completed their own Calculations

Spatial intelligence:

  • Learning through flow charts, diagrams, mind mapping.
  • Hand-outs with Charts

Musical intelligence:

  • Background Music will be played to build MI
  • May be some special song during Orientation of studies as Juha and Kimmo did during our First contact lesson J

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

  • Divide students in group (2-3) for an activity
  • Different Projects

Intrapersonal intelligence:

  • Allow students to set goals and tasks for themselves.
  • Self-reflection / Assessment at the end of Presentation

Interpersonal Intelligence:

  • Group work, Group Assignment
  • Interaction with other fellows, peer to peer tutoring sessions.

Were Students engaged in the learning process?

Did they achieve the educational goals? Assessment and Feedback

Preferred Methods:                                                Methods to be used:

  • Student Portfolios                                           – Individual Assessments
  • Independent Projects                                     – Self-reflection/Journaling
  • Students Journals                                            – Ongoing Assessment
  • Assigning Creative Tasks

What should be done differently next time?



Päivi Tynjälä: Dimensions of Professional Growth in Work-Related Teacher Education

Research on workplace learning has expanded over the past two decades, indicating that work can indeed serve as a significant source of and context for learning (Malloch, Cairns, Evans, & O’Connor, 2011; Tynjälä, 2008, 2013).


Specific themes of interest:

  • – changing learning environments (e.g. work-related learning, social media)
  • – students’ learning and development processes
  • – teachers’ professional development
  • – guidance and mentoring
  • – multiculturalism from the pedagogical perspective


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Teaching Methodology: Learning-by-doing:

How do students learn:

  • by doing the job itself
  • through co-operating and interacting with colleagues
  • through working with other groups
  • by tackling challenging and new tasks
  • by reflecting and evaluating one’s work experiences
  • by organizing learning projects
  • by participating in learning networks
  • through formal education
  • through extra-work contexts

Benefits of learning-by-doing methodology:

  • You gain a better understanding of what it actually means to do the activity.
  • You’ll know if you actually like the activity or not.
  • You get a deeper understanding of the subject.
  • Learning by doing promotes critical thinking.

Assessment / Feedback: is important in a learning environment, in this case, continuous assessment and reflection report will be used.

One comment

  1. Thank you for completing your Edu Sci tasks 1 and 2. You studied Howard Gardners´ theory of eight intelligence and Päivi Tynjälä´s theory of professional growth in work-related teacher education. In your reflection piece, you describe nicely how the teacher should organize the learning environment so that it would support all kind of learners like Gardner suggests. You also make good points concerning a teacher´s assessment. You explain well the ideas of Gardner. The image is a good example of that kind of classroom. The other image demonstrates well-expanding contexts for learning. Your reflection made visible the practical teaching work. The visual image of your own ideal teaching and learning environment is nice also. You explain and justify your point of view pedagogically. Excellent work!

    If you haven´t made any comment to your fellow student yet, please do so when you have time.

    Regards, tutors

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