A multiple intelligence approach to teaching algebra
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Since Howard Gardner first introduced the theory of multiple intelligences, asserting that individuals vary in their response to learning according to their dominant intelligence type, his theory has been applied to the didactics of a wide range of subjects. Yet despite the theory's wide application, its role in the instruction of algebra has received little attention in the literature. This article discusses the responses of two students with different multiple intelligence types (i.e., interpersonal and visual/spatial) to a series of algebraic exercises presented in worksheet form. Based on their responses as well as one-to-one conferences with the teacher and students, it was found that adapting learning support to the individual's multiple intelligence type improved that individual's understanding of the subject. Since the theory of multiple intelligences relates to various scholastic subjects, it is suggested that algebra instructors may wish to collaborate with their colleagues who teach other subjects at their educational institution in order to meet students' needs.