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BIOGRAPHY OF HOWARD GARDNER

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2000. He has received honorary degrees from twenty-nine colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea and Spain. He has twice been selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. In 2011, Gardner received the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

The author of twenty-nine books translated into thirty-two languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments. During the past two decades, Gardner and colleagues at Project Zero have been involved in the design of performance-based assessments; education for understanding; the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy; and the quality of interdisciplinary efforts in education. Since the middle 1990s, in collaboration with psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, Gardner has directed the GoodWork Project—a study of work that is excellent, engaging, and ethical—which is now a component of the larger Good Project. More recently, with long time Project Zero colleagues Lynn Barendsen and Wendy Fischman, he has conducted reflection sessions designed to enhance the understanding and incidence of good work among young people. With Carrie James and other colleagues at Project Zero, he is also investigating the ethical dimensions entailed in the use of the new digital media. Among new research undertakings are a study of effective collaboration among non-profit institutions in education; a study of conceptions of quality, nationally and internationally, in the contemporary era; and a major study of the traditional 4-year residential college experience. His latest book with co-author Katie Davis, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in the Digital World, was published in October 2013.

Curriculum Vitae:

Short CV (PDF)

Other biographical writings:

Mind, Work, and Life: A Festschrift On the Occasion of Howard Gardner’s 70th Birthday (PDF)
“A Blessing of Influences,” an excerpt of an autobiographical essay published in Howard Gardner Under Fire (PDF)
One Way of Making a Social Scientist (PDF)
Short biography written by Ellen Winner (PDF)
“My Way,” a chapter in Psychologists Defying the Crowd by Robert Sternberg (Amazon)
Fifty Modern Thinkers of Education: From Piaget to the Present Day (Amazon)
“21 years later, ‘Multiple Intelligences’ still debated” (Washington Post)
“Thought Leaders: An Interview with Howard Gardner” (Strategy & Business)

For a more complete list of books, publications, and other writings, please see the PDF of Gardner’s full CV, or visit the Books and Papers sections of this website.