As part of a series of brief videos highlighting the eight (or nine) intelligences in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, in this video I discuss logical-mathematical intelligence or what I like to call ”Number/Logic Smart.” The name of this intelligence reveals its two-fold nature. First, it has to do with numbers (e.g. the intelligence of the tax accountant, the insurance actuary, the CPA etc.). Second, it has to do with logic (e.g. the intelligence of the computer programmer, the scientist, the professional mathematician). One can be good at either of these components, good at both, or good at neither. With the rise of technology, this intelligence has assumed greater importance than it did fifty years ago. Yet, we don’t expect everyone to be numerate in the same way that we expect everyone to be literate (that is, good at linguistic intelligence or Word Smart).
For more information about Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, get my practical guides to MI theory for:
- adult learners (7 Kinds of Smart)
- educators who teach children and adolescents — kindergarten through high school (Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, 4th edition) and/or
- parents (In Their Own Way).
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