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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Naturalistic Intelligence

Dr. Howard Gardner, a Harvard University education professor, developed the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. Instead of prescribing to the traditional notion of intelligence based on I.Q. testing, he proposed the possibility of multiple intelligences. You can read about the different intelligences and find more resources about the theory here. This page focuses on naturalistic intelligence.

This information has been adapted from Multiple Intelligences & After-School Environments: Keeping All Children in Mind.

Naturalistic Intelligence

the ability to recognize, appreciate, and understand the natural world. Someone with this intelligence, like Nikita, could be called NATURE SMART.

A child like Nikita who has this intelligence is likely to have these traits and interests:
  • Spends a lot of time outdoors.
  • Has animals around the house (more than just cats or dogs).
  • Likes camping, hiking, fishing, or gardening.
  • Likes taking nature walks.
  • Likes zoos, parks, trails, museums, etc.
  • Watches nature shows on television.
  • Is involved in an ecological organization.
  • Loves watching birds/animals and following their habits.
  • Is very aware of different kinds of animals, plants, rocks, etc. found in nature.
  • Derives pleasure from natural phenomena like clouds, mountains, etc.

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