Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using multiple intelligence theory to describe the experiences of three struggling college freshmen

Term

2010

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Abstract

This study addressed the question of how educators can use Multiple Intelligence Theory to better understand the experiences of men who end up on academic probation after their first semester in college. This study was motivated by the author's work in advising students on probation. The higher number of men on probation, compared to the greater population, was striking. Influenced by the work of Howard Gardner and the growing field of men's studies, the author interviewed three students in order to better understand contributing factors to their struggles. Each student's particular situation is described with particular attention paid to areas of commonality. The author concludes that Multiple Intelligence Theory is most useful when used in conjunction with other tools, including the LASSI and individual conversations with the student.

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