The theory of multiple intelligence was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligence to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

The Multiple Intelligence are:

  • Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence – “word smart”
  • Logical-mathematical Intelligence – “number/reasoning smart”
  • Visual/Spatial Intelligence – “picture smart”
  • Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence – “body smart”
  • Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence – “music smart”
  • Interpersonal Intelligence – “people smart”
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence – “self smart”
  • Naturalist Intelligence – “nature smart”

Almost every CTET and State TET ( UPTET, HTET etc) question paper has questions from this topic.

Previous Year Questions:

Question #1Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence (MI) suggests that:
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2016-09]
OptionsA) intelligence is solely determined by IQ tests
B) teachers should use MI as a framework for devising alternative ways to teach the subject matter correct answer
C) ability is destiny and does not change over a period of time
D) every child should be taught every subject in eight different ways in order to develop all of the intelligences
Question #2Match the following in the light of Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence:
 Type of Intelligence End State 
A. Musical   (i) Therapist 
B. Linguistic (ii) Poet 
C. Interpersonal (iii) Athlete
D. Spatial (iv) Violinist
(v) Sculptor
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2016-09]
OptionsA) ABCD(ii)(iv)(i)(v)
B) ABCD(v)(ii)(iv)(i)
C) ABCD(iv)(ii)(i)(v)correct answer
D) ABCD(iv)(ii)(v)(iii)
Question #3Ability to recognize and classify all varieties of animals, minerals and plants, according to multiple intelligences theory, is called
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2012-01]
OptionsA) Naturalist intelligence correct answer
B) Linguistic intelligence
C) Spatial intelligence
D) Logico- mathematical intelligence
Question #4Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences emphasize
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2013-07]
OptionsA) conditioning skills in student
B) general intelligence
C) common abilities required in school
D) the unique abilities of each individual correct answer
Question #5Following are the critical views about the ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’, except
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2014-02]
OptionsA) it is not research-based
B) different intelligences demand different methods for different students
C) gifted students usually excel in a single domain correct answer
D) it lacks of empirical support
Question #6‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’ cannot be legitimize as it
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2014-02]
OptionsA) is not possible to measure different intelligences as there are no specific tests correct answer
B) does not place equal importance on all seven intelligences
C) is based only on sound empirical studies done by Abraham Maslow throughout his life
D) is not compatible with general intelligence ‘g’, which is most important
Question #7In context of ‘theory of multiple intelligences’ which one of the following intelligences is required for an air force pilot?
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2014-09]
OptionsA) Interpersonal
B) Linguistic
C) Kinesthetic correct answer
D) Intrapersonal
Question #8Emotional intelligence may b e associated with which domain of theory of Multiple Intelligence?
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2014-09]
OptionsA) Intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligences correct answer
B) Naturalist intelligence
C) Visual-spatial intelligence
D) Existential intelligence
Question #9Which of the following observations supports Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences?
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2014-02]
OptionsA) Damage to one part of the brain affects only a particular ability sparing others correct answer
B) Intelligence is an interaction of analytical, creative and practical intelligences
C) Different intelligences are hierarchical in nature
D) Teachers should follow one specific theory of educational innovation at the time of designing instruction
Question #10Which one of the following is a critique of theory of multiple intelligences?
[Child Development and Pedagogy] [CTET-2013-07]
OptionsA) Multiple intelligence are only the ‘talents’ present in intelligence as a whole correct answer
B) Multiple intelligence provides students to discover their propensities
C) It overemphasises practical intelligence
D) It cannot be supported by empirical evidence at all

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