Searching for strengths : multiple intelligences and learning disabilities

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Baptie, Lisa
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
This action research study was undertaken because there has been an inadequate amount of research on students with learning disabilities and their areas of strength. In this study I examined the interrelatedness of using Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences within a classroom of students with learning disabilities in rural Southern Alberta. My research question was as follows: Would the use of the theory of Multiple Intelligences, within one rural Junior High special education class, lead to improved social, emotional, and academic success for the students? I worked with 19 students for a period of nine weeks. Through identifying and using the student's areas of strength and incorporating the theory of Multiple Intelligences, I provided an avenue for the students to improve upon their weaknesses. This study could assist educators in offering alternative strategies to enable students with learning disabilities to be successful. Through observations, pre and post Multiple Intelligences inventories, projects, presentations, journals, student-teacher conferences, video conferences, and interviews I obtained data that was both qualitative and quantitative in nature. The analysis of the data did conclude that there were gains within the academic, social, and emotional areas despite an interruption caused by a teachers' strike. A future research study within this area is recommended in order to solidify any correlation between the theory of Multiple Intelligences and increased academic, social, and emotional success for students with learning disabilities.
vii, 79 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Learning disabilities , Learning disabled children -- Education , Multiple intelligences -- Study and teaching