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Intelligence Preference - "According to psychologists such as Howards Gardner and Robert Sternberg, human brains are "wired" differently in different individuals. Gardner suggests eight possible intelligences, which he calls verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, bodily/kinesthic, visual/spatial, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal/intrapersonal, and naturalist (Gardner, 1993, 1995). Sternbergsuggests three intelligence prefferences: analytic (schoolhouse intelligence), creative (imaginiaive intelligence), and practical (contextual, street-smart intelligence) (Sternberg, 1988, 1997). Differentiation based on a student's intelligence prefference generally suggests allowing the student to work in a preffered mode and helping the student to develop that capacity further. Sometimes, teacheres also ask students to extend their preffered modes of working, or they opt to use a student's preffered areas to support growth in less comfortable areas. Differentiation based on intelligence prefference is one kind of learning profile differentiation."

C. Tomlinson & C. Strickland (2005) Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum Grades 9-12. ASCD.


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