Nature of Intelligence

Is it all natural?

Emotional Intelligence

Let's face it, we all have emotions. We have to learn to control them and not the other way around. " Emotional Intelligence (EI) is about recognizing and managing your emotions and those of others. The four domains of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Self-awareness is being able to identify your own emotions and being able to recognize it as it happens. Self-management is your ability to control and manage your emotions. Social awareness is recognizing the emotions of others and being to empathize with them. Relationship Management is being able to manage emotions in others and handle relationship with others. We all have different behaviors, different desires and needs, and many ways of showing our emotions."

Practical Intelligence

Not everyone is good at practical things. Just like all things in life there are those that deal better with the practical than others. "Practical Intelligence is the ability to deal with everyday problems that would not be addressed in formal education. Central to practical intelligence is tacit knowledge which is the ability to learn from experience and apply what has been learned. Sternberg and his colleagues have produced initial inventories of how practical intelligence would be measured, but they are still in the testing stages and not widely accepted. In proposing that there is such a thing as practical intelligence, however, Sternberg and his colleagues have sided with others in the field of adult education in saying intelligence can be taught and provided resources to be used in instruction."

Multiple Intelligence

Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences began with the development of six different intelligences, which later grew to include more, now coming to nine different intelligences, with the possibility of more (Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences). These nine intelligences are related to "a person’s unique aptitude set of capabilities and ways they might prefer to demonstrate intellectual abilities"(Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences). The different intelligences represent the specific ways that an individual may learn and excel in both educational and real-world settings.

Gardener's theory can be applied to the curriculum being used for a course, the way the curriculum is presented, different ways that assignments can be created and submitted, and various other things. An understanding and application of the theory of multiple intelligences allows individuals to provide and receive and more accessible education that better fits individual needs as learners.

Culture Impacts Everything

Culture can be viewed as an ethnic element or a local depending on who is doing the looking. It can be the American culture or the American Indian culture. In both this the view of the person is changed. It is the same with intelligence theories. "The cultural impact on each theory is similar in nature but viewed differently in the eyes of each theorist. Goleman proposed that the cultural impact on emotional intelligence is widespread but observed contrarily in different places. Gardner also shared similar sentiments suggesting in his theory of multiple intelligence that, this theory allows individuals to identify things differently. While Sternberg proposed in his practical theory to include creative and analytical intelligence that each person responds, approaches and internalizes things based upon their environment. In essence, every culture is unique in its own way, which has a great impact on how one learns, processes and internalizes information being taught or relayed.