What is Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence theory?

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Gardner discovered through cognitive research that people learn in seven different ways. He said that each of us uses our strengths to learn because that is how our intelligence may first apply newly gained knowledge. The seven intelligences revolve around language, logical or mathematical analysis, spatial reasoning, musical understanding,  kinesthetic understanding, interpersonal and intrapersonal understanding. Basically, students learn best through one or more of these intellectual ways.  Teachers are trained to use all of these ways to teach one concept so the likelihood of all students understanding it is higher. An English teacher may use music and pictures, coupled with group discussion, to teach how to construct a compound sentence. By doing this, the teacher touches on three of the seven ways of learning and increases the number of students catching on from 1 out of 7 to 3 out of 7. A breakdown of what types of students fall into each category is provided in the first link below.