Forum 5

Respond to two discussions that I have written. Label them 1 and 2. EACH one should be at least 150 words in length. I will post an example of what the reply kinda should look like.

1. I believe Multiple Intelligences is a valid construct. When testing individuals all the exact same way, you are not truly reaching each persons full potential. Everyone learns differently. Some learn by hands-on experience, some are self-taught through reading, some need serious visuals when learning, and others might need to actually say and/or write what they have learned in order for it to become embedded in their memory bank permanently. I believe the test measured what it was supposed to. It personally asked how I viewed myself in certain situations. Do I believe I do this or that a certain way. Well my answers are what I believe to be true about myself. I guess it would be different if it asked how I viewed someone else. The test actually should be given to each person about themselves and then to others about that person. Your views of yourself are not always what other people believe or agree with. On another note, the different situations or life moments a person is in can actually change some of the answers to certain questions. The bible teaches us to live a certain way and there are laws that we are to abide by. Lets focus on the Ten Commandments. These are laws that are written to be followed regardless of the circumstance. When learning these laws, there are no ifs and or buts on how they are to be followed. Multiple Intelligence, in this case, exist for a few reasons. Some learn and abide by the bible just because they read it. Then there are others that learn to abide by these laws by experience. Thou shalt not kill. There are some people that go through losing a loved one and they realize that that is an experience they would never wish on anyone else. Then there are those that disobey the commandments. Their consequences play a huge role in following the laws God set before us.

2.  I believe that multiple intelligences, such as Gardners multiple intelligences theory, is a valid construct because it identifies unique intelligences that other intelligence tests do not recognize (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2018).  Multiple intelligences certainly exist because overall intelligence cannot be defined by success or failure in one particular area of intelligence.  The definition of intelligence classifies the word as a multifaceted capacity, thus ones capacity of intelligence in one area may be completely different and separate from another area (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2018).  Multiple intelligences puts appropriate labels on intelligence of different abilities, which helps us to understand individual strengths of the everyday person (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2018).
I think that the multiple intelligences test that I took in Module 5 gave a somewhat accurate picture of my intellectual abilities.  I scored highest on interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences, which I believe to be an accurate representation of the intelligence strengths that I possess.  I have the keen ability to read and understand others (interpersonal), as well as the ability to recognize my own feelings and personal objectives (intrapersonal).  However, I scored low on linguistic intelligence, which I would argue is not an accurate representation of my intelligence in this area.  Linguistic intelligence can be described as the ability to write and speak competently, interpret and explain ideas and information through the use of language, and understand relationship between communication and meaning.  Being a writer is one of the typical roles that high-scorers of linguistic intelligence fit into and I would say that this is fitting for myself.  I have always been complimented on my writing skills and have successfully utilized this skill continuously throughout my college career and internship duties.  Therefore, while this test was able to accurately measure my interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence, it failed to account for my high level of linguistic intelligence.  I think this test has potential to measure what it is supposed to measure since it accurately measured two of my highest intelligences, but in my experience it did not accurately measure one of my intelligences.
The developers of this test could demonstrate evidence for the validity of this test through providing evidence for construct validity (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2018).  This can be done through providing convergent evidence, by means of proving that scores on the test correlate highly with the predicted direction of scores (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2018).  I believe that the Bible supports the idea of multiple intelligences.  First Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV) says, There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  These verses ultimately show us that while we are all from the same God, we each have different and unique gifts.  I assume that the gifts we are given will be displayed through our intelligence levels in the areas that we are gifted in.  For example, if I am gifted at writing, then my linguistic intelligence level should be notably higher than my intelligence level in logical-mathematical intelligence, since I am not good with numbers.  Romans 12:6 (NIV) also supports this idea by stating, We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  Thus, multiple intelligences are backed by Scripture, as God gives us all unique and different gifts that are displayed through our intelligence levels in those areas of giftedness.

Thanks for posting; I enjoyed reading your thoughts!  I agree with your argument that multiple intelligences do indeed exist and that they can be used to identify an individuals perceptions, concepts, and traits.  Throughout our lifetime, we have all come to realize at some point that every person is highly unique in the way that they learn information, how they perform tasks, and the skills that they best excel in.  A study done by Jung and Chang (2017) confirms this idea by affirming that each person has an individual way of perceiving objects, accumulating knowledge and experience, memorizing, and learning.  Therefore, our abilities and means of intelligence are all based on our individuality.  I think that your recommendation of having a section for personally written answers, or essay questions, was well meant and these answers would certainly provide more insight into intelligences, however, implementing essay questions would not be feasible for this test.  Since this test is conducted within Excel, essay questions would not fit within its formatting.
I appreciate the Bible verses you used to make your argument for multiple intelligences, as this was very applied and supports the idea of multiple intelligences well.  The Word of God certainly makes it clear that multiple intelligences exist and highlighting Cain and Solomons specific gifts is evident of this.  Another example pertaining to multiple intelligences and specific gifting can be found in the story of Moses.  Moses begs God not to send him in Exodus 4:10 (NIV) saying, Moses said to the Lord, Pardon your servant, Lord.  I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.  It is clear from this verse that Moses is not highly gifted linguistically because he is unable to speak well.  However, Exodus 4:14 (NIV) later states, Then the Lords anger burned against Moses and he said, What about your brother, Aaron the Levite?  I know he can speak well.  He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.  In stark contrast to Moses, the Lord says that Aaron is gifted with the ability to speak well.  This revelation shows that each person has different intelligences that they excel in, indicating the existence of multiple intelligences.

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