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Multiple Intelligences Survey (MIS)
by Joyce McClellan, Ed.D, MHR
Chief Development & Diversity Officer
Tulsa Technology Center
(918) 828-5003

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The Multiple Intelligences Survey (MIS) is a valid and reliable preference indicator for identifying Multiple Intelligence preferences of adult learners that was developed by Dr. Joyce McClellan. Howard Gardner first introduced Multiple Intelligences over 20 years ago. Gardnerís theory provides a theoretical foundation for recognizing different abilities and talents. This theory acknowledges that while all students may not be verbally or mathematically gifted, students may have an expertise in other areas.

Although the nine Multiple Intelligences are anatomically separated from each other, Gardner advises that they rarely operate independently. Rather, the intelligences are used concurrently and typically compliment each other as individuals develop skills and solve problems. Gardner believes that everyone has Multiple Intelligences, and there are opportunities to strengthen those intelligences. He ascertains Multiple Intelligences is meant to empower and not to label.

Educators have realized that students have unique learning differences, and Gardner encourages teachers to think of all the Multiple Intelligences as equally significant. Therefore, for educators to become successful in teaching with Multiple Intelligences in mind, they need an accessible, valid, and reliable assessment tool. Assessing a studentís learning preferences allows a wider range of students to successfully participate in classroom learning. In addition, it can create a learning environment conducive to adult learning. The Multiple Intelligences Survey (MIS) provides a tool for this assessment.

The Multiple Intelligences Survey (MIS) is now available for practitioner use. It is designed for easy and convenient use in the classroom. It is provided here in both a paper format and in an automatic-scoring format. MIS is a 27-item preference indicator can be completed and scored in 5 to 7 minutes.

Thus, the MIS provides practitioners with another tool to help them address the individual differences in their students. In addition, the results from this study provide an initial guide for how frequently teachers can expect to encounter each of the Multiple Intelligences among their students. Equipped with this information, teachers can create a classroom that fosters an environment for learner-centered education.