Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Willett, Holly


Instructional materials centers; Multiple intelligences


Library and Information Science


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.