Evaluations for Multiple Intelligences

In Chapter 13 of Classroom Assessment in Action, Sherman writes about multiple intelligences theory and how it can impact instruction and assessment. Examples of intelligences include auditory, visual, musical, special, mathematical, and kinesthetic.

In thinking about instruction to different intelligences, concepts can be presented in different methods specific to the intelligence. For example, when teaching the concept of diffusion to my Life Science class, I presented it in a variety of ways. Diffusion is the movement of particles from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. First, I verbally gave the definition while showing a picture of what diffusion is on the projector. These methods covered auditory and visual. Next I had the students get out of their seats and grouped most of them to represent high concentration and then put one student by herself. One by one the students from the high concentration group walked over to the one student, representing the process of diffusion. This method would appeal to the kinesthetic learners.

The same could be done for evaluation or assessment of multiple intelligences. The normal method of assessment is by paper and pencil with words but sometimes pictures with students having to identify parts of the picture or having to draw a picture of the concept. Rarely do we give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, kinesthetically, for example. This mostly has to do with time and practicality. Evaluating students this way would need to be done one by one which is impractical. From my written test, I wonder how many of my students who got the multiple choice questions wrong about diffusion, would have gotten it correct of they were able to demonstrate it by drawing a picture or grouping students together and moving them. I may have to ask them…

Shermis, M.S. & DeVesta, F.L. (2011). Classroom Assessment in Action. Rowen & Littlefield.

Shermis, M.S. & DeVesta, F.L. (2011). Classroom Assessment in Action. Rowen & Littlefield.


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