Presenter Information

Jade Stutheit, University of Wyoming

Department

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

First Advisor

Dr. Alan Buss

Description

This research paper investigates strategies for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of stu dents whose abilities vary in accordance with Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. The paper discusses the current state of the education system, describing the need for change in instructional strategies. Teachers who consider the multiple i ntelligences work to meet the current requirement of passing standardized tests by consistently utilizing and developing students’ abilities across the variety of skill areas. Previous efforts have been made to incorporate the theory into classroom strateg ies, activities and assessment, and these are compared to current research collected in a Kindergarten classroom in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The conclusion is an overview of benefits consequential to a shift in pedagogy from traditional methods to differentiated , reflective instruction that considers the multiple intelligences and constantly changes to better meet student needs.

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Differentiating Instruction : Customizing Teaching Methods Based on the Multiple Intelligences

This research paper investigates strategies for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of stu dents whose abilities vary in accordance with Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. The paper discusses the current state of the education system, describing the need for change in instructional strategies. Teachers who consider the multiple i ntelligences work to meet the current requirement of passing standardized tests by consistently utilizing and developing students’ abilities across the variety of skill areas. Previous efforts have been made to incorporate the theory into classroom strateg ies, activities and assessment, and these are compared to current research collected in a Kindergarten classroom in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The conclusion is an overview of benefits consequential to a shift in pedagogy from traditional methods to differentiated , reflective instruction that considers the multiple intelligences and constantly changes to better meet student needs.