Reviews of Books on Multiple Intelligences

Frames of Mind – The Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Howard Gardner second edition 1993

‘For those of us who suspect that intelligence is too complex a phenomenon to be measured by the sing number derived from an “intelligence test”, Gardner’s book is a refreshing experience and an open door into a whole new way of looking at human beings.’ Issac Asimov

‘Gardner makes his theory stick more firmly than any other before him, and I cannot help wondering what the effects of this book will be on the educational of this country. What, for instance, might happen to IQ testing? Or to streaming?’ Daily Telegraph

‘Offers a cogent, multi-dimensional answer to the IQ testing fanatics… a real alternative to the blind empiricism of the IQ testers. How refreshing to see I justified in scholarly terms.’ Observer


Extraordinary Minds: Howard Gardner 1997

‘A short but wide-ranging study of the psychology of exceptional achievement’ Sunday Telegraph

‘It is humane, intelligent and full of interest’ Sunday Times


Leading Minds – an anatomy of leadership: Howard Gardner 1995

‘At a time of uncertainty in world leadership, leading Minds provides a significant and original contribution tour understanding of the challenges faces by leaders of organizations and nations today.’ Book cover

‘Gardner marshals his arresting theses with considerable energy and conviction’ Anthony Clare, Sunday Times

This book should become required reading not simply for leaders and aspiring leaders but for everyone who seeks clearer insights into leaders’ roles’ Sir Douglas Hague, Templeton College, Oxford


The Intelligent School: Barbara MacGilchrist, Kate Myers and Jane Reed 2004

‘MacGilchrist, Myers and Reed have written a masterpiece … In this second edition, the concept of the intelligent school is examined and the different kinds of intelligence are carefully explained and illustrated. The authors are able to draw on more than five years of implementation in the field.’ Brian J. Caldwell, professor and Dean, University of Melbourne

‘This is essential reading for individual teachers and all those who work with schools, including LEA advisors, inspectors and freelance consultants. The book will be of use for professional development sessions with groups of teachers and headteacher or whole-school staff. Book cover

‘The new insights in The Intelligent School are a testament of the extraordinary proficiency of these three authors. As the waiter in the restaurant says when serving the meal ‘Enjoy’. Tim Brighouse, Visiting Professor at the institute of Education, University of London and London School’s Commissioner.


Multiple intelligences & student achievement success stories from six schools:

Linda & Bruce Campbell 1999 Published by ASCD

Teacher in schools with long-term MI programs ….. ‘believe that all students have strengths, and, as a result, students come to believe in themselves as well. Moreover, teachers have discovers that instruction through multiple intelligences is so positive and engaging that students – all students – can’t help but learn.

This book provides educators who are new to MI theory with solid achievement data and curricular formats to support, inform, and inspire their work. Those who have already worked with MI theory will find encouragement to continue and suggestions for refining their efforts. ASCD


Multiple intelligences in the classroom: Thomas Armstrong 2004 Published by ASCD

‘…. You’ll also find innovative suggestions for further study that will enable you and your colleagues to extend your knowledge and develop you own application of MI theory.

Combining clear explanations and practical advice, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom is an excellent guide to identifying, nurturing, and support the unique capabilities of every student.’ ASCD


The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing – Making the Words Come Alive: Thomas Armstrong 2003 Published by ASCD

‘The book combines Howard Gardner’s MI theory and recent brain research on reading and writing with historical, anthropological, biographical, and psychological perspectives on literacy. Armstrong pulls the research together to show you how to engage students by infusing the study of works with imagery, logic, oral language, physical activity, emotion, music, social involvement, and nature experiences.

……His nuts-and-bolts, strategy-focused approach bridges the best reading and writing methods for application in preK-12 regular and special education classrooms, literacy programs, speech and language pathology groups, one-to-one tutoring sessions and all other settings where words are the foci of learning. Armstrong show you how to empower your students with literacy skills for life.’ ASCD


Multi Intelligences – The Theory in Practice: Howard Gardner 1993

‘Multiple Intelligences is a powerful concept. In theory, but especially in its practice, it can be a compelling idea for opening American education, This volume presents experiences and experiments that challenge both tired educators and reluctant learners.’ Barbara Z. Presseisen, Research for Better Schools


Intelligence – Multiple Perspective: Howard Gardner, Mindy L. Kornhaber, Warren K. Wake 1996

About the authors:

‘Howard Garner is Professor of Education and co-director of project Zero at the Harvard graduate School of Education. He is the author of many books including Frames of Mind, Multiple Intelligences and Creating Minds. In 1981 he won a MacArthur Prize fellowship and in 1990 became the first American to win the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education.

Mindy Kornhaber is a researcher at Harvard Project Zero. She holds graduate degrees in education form the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she pursued studies in psychology and social policy. She is the author of several articles on intelligence and education reform. Her research concerns the way in which institutions, and the policies affecting them, enhance or impede the development of individual potential.

Warren Wake is the director of the Institute for Design and Electronic Imaging Arts (IDEA) at the Boston Architectural Center, where he also teaches and directs the academic computing curriculum. He is the author of numerous articles and the editor of the BAC Research Journal. He received his doctoral from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he pursued his interest in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence applied to computer-aided design.’ Book cover


Intelligence Reframed – Multiple Intelligence for the 21 st Century:

Howard Gardner 1999

‘Howard Gardner is one of the brightest lights of our time – the scholar who defined the many intelligences that make people successful. In Intelligence reframed, he turns his brilliant spotlight on the connection between intelligence and morality. Between human gifts and the work of business and society. Thoughtful leaders everywhere will benefit from these illuminating essays.’ Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, author of The Change Masters

‘A fascinating volume in which Howard Gardner deftly synthesizes the historical development of the measures and meaning of intelligence, wisely reflects on his own scholarly journey, and offers astute observations about the ways in which his theories have been interpreted and misinterpreted, This is quintessential Garner: lucid, balanced, discerning and path-breaking. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, author of Respect: An Exploration


Paperback Book
‘Changing Education’ 2012 published by Good Luck Publishers, India

Teacher Template Booklets 2012
Multiple Intelligences and Assessment
Multiple Intelligences and Lesson Planning

Articles 2008
‘Developing Multiple Intelligences’: Education World, India. February 2008
‘Bringing Multiple Intelligences into the Classroom’: Teacher Plus, India. March 2008

E-Book 2005
‘Introducing Multiple Intelligences’ ( brings
together previous articles, such as the history of research into Multiple Intelligences, different authors’ understanding of MI and reading and writing through Multiple Intelligences.

Articles 2005
– ‘An introduction to five publications which include excellent activities for classroom use, on Multiple Intelligences and activities which introduce students to their amazing brains; A pen picture of a famous educationalist – Froebel; Spelling, handwriting and word-processing skills – of particular interest to teachers of young children.’
– ‘The history and development of MI theory – an overview of how and why Dr. Harold Gardner’s original project began; (now included in the introductory newsletter) A pen picture of a famous educationalist – Montessori; Teaching spelling and handwriting – as promoted by Charles Cripps.
– ‘ Multiple-Intelligences and the teaching of reading and writing – a critique and comments on Thomas Armstong’s book The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing – Making the Words Come Alive.

OFSTED Inspection Reports 1996 – 2005
Seventy-eight full length Inspection Reports and three short Inspection Reports.

Chapters published in books edited by Ron Best of the Roehampton Institute, Surrey University.
‘Reflections on Inspections’ in ‘Education for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development’ – Ed. R. Best – Continuum 2000. The chapter in this book is based on her experience of inspecting provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in schools across the country, in different social and cultural contexts.
‘Headteachers’ perceptions of their role in spiritual education’ – in ‘Education Spirituality and the Whole Child’ Ed. R. Best – Cassell l996 The chapter in this book is based on the research for her Master Degree dissertation into ‘The Head’s role in providing for the spiritual life of young people’.

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