Date Approved

9-25-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Santangelo, Tanya

Subject(s)

Early childhood education; Multiple intelligences

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The objective of this research study was to explore whether valid Multiple Intelligence profiles could be created for preschool children. This study was conducted over a three month period and included 16 preschool-aged participants. Research strategies included surveys (teacher, paraprofessional, and parent), naturalistic observations, and participant interviews. There were four key findings in this study. First, the teacher, the paraprofessional, and the parents had differing perceptions about which intelligences were dominant for each participant. Second, participants appear to have multiple, equally dominant intelligences. Third, participant's views related to their own dominant intelligences frequently differed from those reported by the teacher, paraprofessional, or parent. Fourth, participants appeared to have limited self-awareness related to dominant intelligences. Based on that information, it appears that observations and perceptions about dominance should be considered when creating classroom activities, but should not be expected to create a cohesive Multiple Intelligence profile.

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