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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Kimberley Alkins


Despite instructional changes and administrative support, students with learning disabilities in a middle school located in Georgia did not meet the state expectations to perform at their grade level in core subjects on the state's standardized test. The purpose of this correlational study was to determine whether a relationship existed between teachers' familiarity with Gardner's multiple intelligences (MI) theory and the MI instructional strategies they used in the classroom setting. Gardner's MI theory was used as the theoretical foundation, which supports the idea that if teachers can identify the intelligences (e.g., interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual/spatial, musical, bodily/kinesthetic, mathematical/logical, verbal/linguistic, and naturalistic) in each child and then teach to those abilities, the child will learn better. The sample included 61 middle school teachers who participated in Gardner's MI familiarity and MI practices online self-report survey. Data were analyzed descriptively and inferentially using correlations and regression. The results revealed that a majority (61%) of teachers were unfamiliar or only somewhat familiar with Gardner's MI theory. A simple linear regression revealed no significant relationship between teacher classroom practices and familiarity with Gardner's theory. Recommendations included conducting additional research on MI with a larger sample; additional research was also recommended on the best classroom practices for teachers to support a wide range of diverse learners. Implications for positive social change include providing the local site with information and recommendations that will further the dialogue related to what schools can do to promote learning and academic success for all students.

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