Authors: Andreou, Eleni; Vlachos, Filippos & Stavroussi, Panagiota.
Article: Multiple Intelligences of Typical Readers and Dyslexic Adolescences.
Publication: International Journal of Education, Learning and Development (European American Journals). Vol 1, Issue 2, pp. 61-72, December 2013
The study of multiple abilities or intelligences could be a very promising field of research for students with learning difficulties, in order to build into alternative learning plans to enhance language acquisition and reading ability. The main purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between dyslexia and multiple intelligences as described by Gardner (1983). A total of 117 secondary school students (39 dylexic and 78 typical readers) examined using the Multiple Intelligences Test. Results showed that dyslexic students displayed a preference for spatial intelligence and had less linguistic abilities, compared to the typical readers. Moreover, scores on the spatial intelligence scale were positively related to the likelihood of being member of the dyslexic group while, scores on the linguistic intelligence were negatively associated to this likelihood. The paper discusses these results in the light of recent research on abilities and disabilities associated with dyslexia, as well as in terms of their application to classroom learning for students with dyslexia