Implications of multiple intelligences theory on 1st graders' literacy education

Temiz, Nida
The purpose of the study was to explore in what ways the principles of Multiple Intelligences Theory (MIT) are implemented on the 1st graders̕ Literacy Education (LE), to find out the effects of the implementation on 1st graders̕ tendency towards the course and their teachers; on the 1st grade teachers̕ tendency towards their students; on the 1st graders̕ literacy achievement; on improvements of the 1st graders̕ multiple intelligences. The qualitative data were gathered through interviews, observations, checklist form, students̕ drawings and writings about the LE, students̕ portfolios, photographs, written document and Teele Inventory for Multiple Intelligences. Descriptive and content analysis were done. The study was conducted during the 2003-2004 academic year. Based on purposeful sampling methods, the participants of the study was comprised of one 1st grade classroom with 26 students, five 1st grade teachers from Baskent University College Ayse Abla Schools and four 1st grade teachers from Gazi University Foundation Private Primary School. The results of the data analysis indicated that the teachers̕ main focus was on preparing learning activities while planning the LE lesson based on the principles of MIT. They had difficulty in preparing and implementing the learning activities for naturalistic intelligence. However, they prepared and implemented learning activities for linguistic, interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, visual-spatial intelligences easily. Also, the students willingly participated in the learning activities that were based on bodily-kinesthetic, visual-spatial, musical-rhythmic, interpersonal intelligences; that were based on their most dominant intelligences and that activated more than one intelligence. Also, when the students who faced difficulty throughout the LE were helped by using the way based on the students̕ dominant intelligences, they


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Citation Formats
N. Temiz, “Implications of multiple intelligences theory on 1st graders’ literacy education,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.