Theory of Multiple Intelligences vs. Triarchic Theory of Intelligence  

There are many different theories regarding intelligence. Some theories state that we are born with intelligence; others say we learn and develope intelligence over time. I've chosen to use this page to compare and contrast two leading theories of intelligence, Howard Gardner's "Theory of Multiple Intelligences," and Robert J. Sternberg's "Triarchic Theory of Intelligence."

Theory of Multiple Intelligences
-Gardner believe that the intelligence quotient test is too narrow in focus.
-Though Gardner has coined eight types of intelligences, he argues that there are probably many more unaccounted for.
- Gardner argues that there are eight different types of intelligences:
1. Linguistic 
2. Musical
3. Logical-Mathematical
4. Visual-Spatial
5. Bodily-Kinesthetic
6. Interpersonal
7. Intrapersonal
8. Naturalistic
Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
-Sternberg agrees with Gardner that intelligence is much braoder than an I.Q. test
-Sternberg regards Gardner's 'intelligences' more as individual talents.
-Sternberg argues that there are 3 main types of intelligences:
1. Analytical-problem-solving, decision-making. People with strong analytical intelligence have the ability to analyze, compare, and evaluate. This intelligence is comparable to Gardner's 'Logical-Mathematical' intelligence.
2. Creative- the ability to deal with new situations using past experiences and new skills. Creative intelligence is usually aquired through observation. This type is most closely comparable to 'Interpersonal' intelligence.
3. Practical- the abillity to adapt to a changing environment. It is the generalization of knowledge gained in a particular context then applied to the other facets of life. This intellect is the hardest to assess because it is so individualized.