It’s time to continue our exploration of learning styles and multiple intelligences. In the last article, I covered multiple intelligences in general and started looking at them individually by covering the Visual/Spatial and Verbal/Linguistic intelligences. That leaves us with five more to cover, so buckle in and let us get started.
The third type of intelligence (although it is important to remember that this is not to rank the intelligences as one is no better than another) is the Logical/Mathematical intelligence. A person with this type of intelligence usually is very strong with the use of logic, reason, and numbers. They typically think in numbers and patterns and will convert the information they receive into these patterns in order to better process and understand them. They tend to be very curious about the world and how things work and like to explore and experiment to learn more about the world. They also generally ask a lot of questions as they seek answers. They are strong at categorizing and classifying information, solving problems, working with mathematical formulas and geographic shapes, following chains of reason to a solution, questioning, and conducting controlled experiments. As you might expect from the label, people with the Logical/Mathematical intelligence tend toward careers as mathematicians, accountants, researchers, scientists, engineers, and computer programmers.
Another type of intelligence is Bodily/Kinesthetic. This type of intelligence has the strong ability to control the movement of their bodies and to manipulate and handle solid objects. They have a strong sense of the space around them and process and understand information through the relationship of the information to the space surrounding them. They thrive on movement and normally have very good balance and hand-eye coordination. They tend to be very good at acting, sports, bodily coordination, physical experimentation, crafts, using their hands to build or manipulate, using body language, and expressing themselves through movement. As expected, people with the Bodily/Kinesthetic intelligence may tend toward careers as actors, athletes, visual artists, dancers, or fire fighters.
Yet another type of intelligence is Musical/Rhythmic. People with this type of intelligence usually have a strong ability to produce and/or appreciate music. They are musically inclined and tend to think in sounds, rhythms, and patterns. They immediately appreciate or criticize music and like to surround themselves with music. They are also very aware of the sounds of the environment around them (such as bugs in the evening or traffic noise) and the patterns of these sounds. They are often good at singing, whistling, playing musical instruments, remembering melodies and songs, composing music, recognizing patterns in music, and understanding the structure of music as well as rhythm. People with the Musical/Rhythmic intelligence often tend toward careers as singers, musicians, composers, song writers, and disc jockeys.
I will finish with the last (but not least) two types of intelligences in my next article and take a little closer look at what these intelligences can mean.