In the summer of 1994, the Record published an issue (Vol. 95, No. 4) with a special section containing articles commenting on Howard Gardners recently published Multiple Intelligences: The Theory Into Practice. In that section, Elliot Eisner, Robert Sternberg, and Henry Levin all shared their own perspectives on Gardners theory and new book. Howard Gardner also wrote a commentary from his perspective.
This issue updates readers on the work that has ensued in the past 10 years using Gardners theory, presenting a collection of papers excerpted from a 2003 American Educational Research Association symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Frames of Mind. The symposium, sponsored by the Multiple Intelligences Special Interest Group (SIG), was organized by Branton Shearer, the SIGs Program Chair, and entitled Twenty Years of Multiple Intelligences: Its Impact on Quality Education and Future Directions. Shearer worked closely with us at the Record throughout the planning for the symposium, helping to shape a collection of papers that would discuss applications that are both current and informative for our readers.
The resulting special section includes papers from across the spectrum on this topic. Shearer has selected papers that should interest all of the Records readers, whether practicing educators, policy makers, or researchers. Of particular note are articles by notable researchers, such as Michael Posner and Larry Cuban, as well as commentaries by Elliot Eisner, who extended his 1994 perspective. And, again, the section includes an afterword by Howard Gardner.
This special section illustrates that when a concept is seen as having value, there are at least as many ways the field of professional education will interpret it, implement it, study it, and adapt it as there are intelligences in Gardners theory. Perhaps that alone is another form of evidence to support the strength of this idea of multiple intelligences.