Addressing Gardner’s Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Addresssing Howard Gardner's Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence in Adult Learning Envirionments

Addressing Gardner’s Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Addressing Howard Gardner’s Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence in Adult Learning EnvironmentsHoward Gardner published his research on seven bits of intelligence in 1983 and later added an eighth intelligence category.  His perspective on learning differed from the traditional view that intelligence was primarily a linear process that was quantifiably measured through intuitive Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests.

Addressing Gardner’s Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence in Adult Learning

Since Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory and research was introduced, many trainers and adult educators have focused on delivering information in ways that address the various bits of intelligence that adult learners possess. Doing so maximizes learning and aids a more holistic manner in which the brain processes information.

According to Gardner, people who use Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence tend to excel at activities that include movement and manipulation of items using various parts of the body. They learn best by actively doing something, rather than simply reading or hearing about it.

As a trainer or someone wh0 deals with adult learners, you can address this intelligence by incorporating physical activities to engage brain neurons and help stimulate learning. Activities and exercises that cause learners to work together in teams to solve problems, create a product with materials provided, or simply get moving to cause their blood to carry more oxygen to energize their brains can help accomplish this. To help your kinesthetic learners address their need for movement, try simple adult learning activities in which movement or engagement is encouraged. In addition, you might simply place toys or other props on tables and encourage learners to manipulate the items quietly throughout a learning event.

For adult learning techniques and additional ideas on how to apply brain-based research done by Gardner and other researchers in your adult learning events, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

 

Accelerated Learning Techniques Can Lead Adult Learners to Increased Transfer of Training

Accelerated Learning Techniques Can Lead Adult Learners to Increased Transfer of Training

Accelerated Learning Techniques Can Lead Adult Learners to Increased Transfer of Training

No matter what term(s) you apply to accelerated learning (e.g. brain-based learning, active learning, discovery learning, experiential learning, interactive learning, or transformational learning), the ideas and techniques behind the concept are solid.

Accelerated Learning Techniques Can Lead Adult Learners to Increased Transfer of Training by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author

By actively engaging adult learners in the classroom and providing an opportunity for them to become active participants, you set up an environment where their brain neurons are stimulated. Through the use of adult learning techniques, you potentially allow your learner’s brains to more effectively gain, retain, recall, and use what they experience (transfer of training).

If you want to learn more about applying brain-based learning strategies to training and how to incorporate various elements into the learning environment, get a copy of my book, The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.