Scientists Making a Difference

Reflecting on your life, what has been your greatest accomplishment so far and why?

A version of this question was asked to Howard Gardner and ninety-nine other behavioral and brain scientists, each of whom wrote a summary of their most important contribution to the field for the book Scientists Making a Difference, edited by Robert T. Sternberg, Susan T. Fiske, and Donald J. Foss and released in August 2016 by Cambridge University Press. Gardner’s answer is that the theory of multiple intelligences has been the most influential part of his scholarship.

In his short essay, Gardner discusses his scholarly background and what led him to investigate human intelligence. He offers a few explanations for what made his theory of multiple intelligences unique enough to catch on at the right time and why he considers it his most important contribution. He also comments that while still applicable, MI theory as he originally conceived it is in need of an update from contemporary research.

Click here to read Gardner’s piece in full.



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