Date Approved

5-22-2002

Embargo Period

5-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly

Subject(s)

Instructional materials centers; Multiple intelligences

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences asserts that each person has a unique cognitive profile made up of several different types of intelligences. This theory is being incorporated into school curricula in lesson planning. Gardner has identified eight types of intelligences that humans can possess. In order to plan instruction that develops each of the different types of intelligences, teachers need access to a wide array of resources. In this study, surveys were sent to 150 classroom teachers from grades K-6 in each of the elementary schools in Burlington County to assess teachers' familiarity with Multiple Intelligences and to assess teacher usage of the school media center. The results indicated the majority of the teachers surveyed were aware of Multiple Intelligences and do attempt to include lessons based on the different intelligences in their unit planning. While many teachers indicated that they utilized the media center for resources, fewer than half indicated that the materials in their media center met their needs. The majority of teachers surveyed indicated that they borrowed books and videos from their media center, while teachers indicated that they did not frequently borrow magazines, CD-ROM's, and other media from their media centers.

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