Discuss about the Critique of the Multiple Intelligence Theory.
The various theories related to the concept of intelligences have become a ground for much debate for the various psychologists. It is significant to note that there are many psychologists who believe in the multiple intelligence theory of Howard however there are others do not believe in this theory (Franklin et al. 2013). In the recent times with the growth of the various theories of learning this particular theory has undergone a radical transformation.
In the opinion of Franklin (2006), “Pupils develop, learn and can flourish. Labelling can only serve to annihilate this process”. Therefore, it would be apt to say that in according to the view point of Franklin there is nothing as such called multiple intelligence and no significant evidence have been discovered till now which justifies the multiple intelligence theory of Howard (Franklin et al. 2013). Therefore, segregating the learning process of the children is not only going to hamper the process of their learning but also annihilate the overall objective of the process itself. In the opinion of many psychologists learning is a cumulative entity and cannot be segregated on the basis of some specific attributes (Franklin et al. 2013). Therefore, it would be pointless to segregate the concept of intelligence into diverse entities and give them the name of diverse entities and judge the intelligence of a particular person on the basis of that particular factor. Therefore, Franklin is of the opinion that the children should be give the opportunity to learn new things and their learning process should not be segregated on the basis of the multiple factors which affect their intelligence (Franklin et al. 2013).
To conclude, intelligence is a cumulative process and it cannot be segregated on the score of various factors as the theory of multiple intelligence of Howard suggests. Therefore, the focus of the majority of the psychologists in the present day times is on the development of the overall process of learning and not on the segregation of the learning process for the development of each of the entities of the intelligence.
Franklin, S., Strain, S., McCall, R. and Baars, B., 2013. Conceptual commitments of the LIDA model of cognition. Journal of Artificial General Intelligence, 4(2), pp.1-22.
Gardner, H., 2013. Howard Gardner:‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’. The Washington Post, 16.