What you'll learn

  • Understand the multiple problem-solving capacities that make up human intelligences
  • Possess a richer skill set for understanding students' strengths while recognizing learning differences
  • Work more productively with varied learners by developing or modifying curriculum, assessment, and instructional approaches
  • Develop a unit plan for engaging diverse learners and supporting them in achieving deeper understanding
  • Develop plans, tools, and frameworks for enhancing your classroom or learning environment to support the diverse learners within it

Course description

The theory of multiple intelligences (MI), an evidence-based theory developed by HGSE Professor Howard Gardner, offers educators a powerful way to address diverse learner profiles. MI theory claims that human beings have a number of relatively discrete intellectual capacities. 

This course will help participants understand the many dimensions and applications of the theory as they learn how to more effectively build all students' understanding of important knowledge and skills valued in and beyond school. In the process, you will cultivate observation and analysis skills for understanding students' diverse strengths, learn how to teach critical content in several different ways, and develop a curriculum unit plan for enhancing student learning.


  • Daniel Wilson image
    Director of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
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