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M.S. in Subject Matter Teaching: Art


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education


College of Education


Dammers, Richard


Achievement tests--New Jersey; Multiple intelligences--New Jersey


Art Education


The purpose of this study was to look for correlations between levels of preference for multiple intelligences and performance rates on standardized tests, as determined by utilizing the Teele Inventory of Multiple Intelligences and standardized test scores. The research was conducted in small rural elementary school in southern New Jersey where the researcher was the art teacher. The sample consisted of the entire fifth grade class (n= 64) who provided parental consent and had the necessary test scores available. Students completed the Teele Inventory of Multiple Intelligence by viewing a series of paired images of panda bears involved in various activities. Students selected the image that best represented them and from their selections multiple intelligence levels of preference were determined on a scale from 0-8 for each of Howard Gardner's seven multiple intelligence. These scaled scores were correlated with student's standardized test scores on the Reading and Math sections of the New Jersey Ask-4 utilizing a Spearman-Rho nonparametric correlation. There were no correlations between any of the multiple intelligence preferences and standardized testing scores, nor between the multiple intelligences themselves. The major implication of the study was that student preference and ability are not interconnected.

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