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Medha Talpade


Internal and personal strengths are associated with positive academic outcomes in the higher educational setting and are particularly relevant to the 21st century learner in the modern complex and global society. There is limited research addressing the connection between intrapersonal intelligence, resilience, and academic success. This information is important to better assist students in developing qualities that foster academic success and sustainability. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlations between intrapersonal intelligence, as measured by the Multiple Intelligences Development Assessment Scales (MIDAS); resilience, as measured by the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC); and academic success, as measured by the Scale of Implicit Theory of Intelligence (SITI), grade point average (GPA), and grade level. Ninety-one undergraduate students recruited through an online research pool and flyers distributed on campus participated in the study. Participants were asked to complete 3 surveys and a demographic questionnaire. Constructivist and transformative learning theories were used to frame the study and address self-development in the learning process. Results of a multiple regression analysis revealed a significant correlation between intrapersonal intelligence and GPA (a component of academic success). This research study promotes positive social change by emphasizing the intrinsic strengthening and transformation of the learner for a sustainable education. To enhance academic outcomes, academic leaders could focus on developing curricula with objectives that support the increase of intrapersonal intelligence. Building awareness of the significance of intrapersonal intelligence and resilience is important for the development of a sustainable education and to equip students for the problem solving challenges of the 21st century.