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.
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