Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is professor of education at Harvard and co-director of Project Zero. He is the author of over twenty books.

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Multimedia and Multiple Intelligences

New multimedia technology could do a lot for children if educators recognize diverse intelligences that schools traditionally haven't favored.

This article continues the series, " The New Media and Learning ," which opened with three articles in our July-August issue. All articles were originally presented at a conference sponsored by The American Prospect at the MIT Media Laboratory on June 4, 1996. Audiotapes of the presentations and discussion are available by calling 1-800-872-0162 or by ordering from the Spencer Conference web site . The conference and articles were underwritten by a grant from the Spencer Foundation. T echnology does not necessarily improve education. Take a simple innovation like the pencil: One can use it to write a superlative essay, to drum away the time, or to poke out someone's eye. The best television has educated thousands, while the daily network offerings dull the sensibilities of millions. The same is true of interactive technology, which is getting so much ink these days: It could become a valuable education tool, but only if we use it to capitalize on our new understanding of how the human...

Cracking Open the IQ Box

The Bell Curve has given genetic determinism new currency, but the science on which it rests is even less persuasive today than it was a century ago.

Works Discussed in This Essay Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles A. Murray, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life . Free Press, 1994 Also Cited Roger W. Brown and Richard J. Herrnstein, Psychology . Little, Brown, 1975 Stephen J. Ceci, On Intelligence-More or Less . Prentice Hall, 1990 Howard Gardner, Frames of Mind:The Theory of Multiple Intelligences BasicBooks, 1993 Richard J. Herrnstein, I.Q. in the Meritocracy .Little,Brown, 1973. Charles A. Murray, Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 . BasicBooks, 1984. Lisbeth B. Schorr, Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage . Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1988. Robert J. Sternberg, Beyond IQ. Cambridge University Press, 1985. Harold W. Stevenson and James W. Stigler, The Learning Gap: Why Our Schools Are Failing and What We Can Learn from Japanese and Chinese Education. Summit Books, 1992. D espite its largely technical nature, The Bell Curve has already secured a prominent place in American...