I’ve been producing short videos to describe the eight (or nine) intelligences in Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. In this video I describe the ”naturalist” intelligence. In 1983 Gardner wrote about seven basic intelligences in his book Frames of Mind. Several years later, he added the naturalist intelligence (which I like to call ”Nature Smart”), and wrote about it in his book Intelligence Reframed, believing that it met the same basic criteria of the first seven that he established in Frames of Mind. In this video, I explain that the naturalist intelligence was probably the very first intelligence to develop in humans, given the fact that our ancestors needed to survive in nature and to do this successfully, they needed to have an intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna, the weather patterns, the geological configurations etc. of their surroundings.
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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