Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor,
researcher, and author, proposes that there are eight main areas in which all
people have special skills; he calls them intelligences. Every one of us
possesses all the intelligences to various degrees of development, from highly
developed to fairly underdeveloped.
standardized testing typically teach to and test for only two of the
intelligences: linguistic and logical-mathematical. This is a shortcoming of the
educational system, as many children with other abilities are overlooked in the
In this series, I give some information about each
intelligence, with the hopes that parents will recognize themselves and their
- Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: understanding and using
numbers effectively, as well as having good powers to reason well. People who
make especially good use of this intelligence are mathematicians, scientists,
computer programmers, and accountants.
These questions can determine if an adult has a strength in
- Have you always done math in your head easily?
- When you were in school, were math and/or science your best
- Do you enjoy playing games that require logical thinking?
- Do you set up experiments to see "what if" in your course
of jobs around the house or at work?
- Do you look for logical sequences and patterns, with the
belief that almost everything has a logical explanation?
- Do you read science periodicals or keep track of the latest
- Do you like finding logical flaws in things that people say
- Do you feel the need to have things measured, categorized,
analyzed, or quantified in some way?
- I think in clear, abstract, wordless, imageless concepts.
These are some questions to determine if children may
be exhibiting a well-developing Logical-Mathematical Intelligence. Does your
- demonstrate curiosity about how things work?
- have fun with numbers?
- enjoy math at school?
- enjoy math and/or computer games?
- play and enjoy strategy games such as chess and checkers,
brain teasers, or logic puzzles?
- easily put things into categories?
- like to do experiments, either at school when assigned or
on her own?
- show an interest in visiting natural history or
discovery-type museums and exhibits?
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