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Dr. Sharon Smoot

Abstract

This study of middle school students was based on Multiple Intelligences, as theorized by Howard Gardner. The instrument used was acquired from the on-line Memletics page of Advanogy.com. This descriptive survey measured which intelligence learning method is strongest in 229 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at the beginning and the ending of the school year. This study also measured the possible changes in the student intelligence scores, including gender comparisons. About 40% of the students had their highest scores in the social intelligence, while about 20% had aural intelligence as their highest score. Logical and intrapersonal intelligences were the lowest. Eighth graders showed the most changes. Hopefully this study will stimulate more research into multiple intelligence strengths of the middle school population and improve the teaching-learning interaction.

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