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The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing that focuses on logical reasoning and linguistic abilities, is far too limited.
Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
Who developed MIDASTM?
MIDASTM was created by Dr Branton Shearer, Ph.D., in 1987 as a means to enhance a person′s intellectual performance, career development and personal satisfaction.
It is acknowledged by Dr Howard Gardner, developer of the Multiple Intelligence theory, and used in schools, government and businesses all over the world.
Dr Henry Toi developed the first online MIDASTM system and helped in the development of the MIDASTM SG in collaboration with Dr Branton.
″To my knowledge, The MIDASTM represents the first effort to measure the Multiple Intelligences, which have been developed according to standard psychometric procedures. Branton Shearer is to be congratulated for the careful and cautious way in which he has created his instrument and offered guidance for its use and interpretation.″
Howard Gardner, Harvard University
How is MIDASTM used?
There are many practical reasons why The MIDASTM may be used by an individual, a manager, a parent, a teacher, a counsellor, or a psychologist.
First, The MIDASTM provides information regarding intellectual development, activities, and propensities not usually available from standard academic tests and most aptitude tests.
Second, The MIDASTM provides information directly from the person′s (and/or significant others) experience that can be used to create personalized learning plans and to enhance the counselling process.
Managers can use MIDASTM as a basis for coaching, appraisals and career development. Parents can learn a great deal about their children that will help them to motivate and guide each child′s unique intellectual development.
1) Leadership Development: The MIDASTM Profile is used to develop the leadership abilities of individuals. It is a powerful source of information for building self-knowledge and interpersonal understanding.
2) Business Applications: The MIDASTM Profile provides value-added knowledge and guidance to businesses interested in enhancing the effective performance of its leaders, managers and employees. It is a truism that ″people are your greatest asset″ and it is our mission to guide people to maximize their intellectual potential and professional skills.
3) Academic Achievement: The MIDASTM Profile provides valuable information to enhance the learning and academic accomplishment for students of all ages. Children who struggle in the typical classroom will benefit from learning MI-inspired study strategies that match with their intellectual preferences. Other children (and adults, too!) can improve their performance on standardized tests that are crucial to their educational progress. People who wish to develop their creative thinking skills will likewise find their MIDASTM Profile to be a practical guide.
4) Career Planning: The MIDASTM Profile provides a rich and descriptive source of information to enhance career planning so that a person′s intellectual strengths may be matched to a career path that will be enjoyable, rewarding and highly motivating. Teenagers, young adults and mid-career career and job changers will all benefit from having their MI Profile. See the Columbus Course in this website.
5) Teaching, Curriculum and School Renewal: The MIDASTM Profile shows teachers how to develop their ability to create powerful MI-inspired lesson plans. A MIDASTM profile of students provides important information that teachers need to maximize motivation and bring out the best in ALL students. Many schools use The MIDASTM as a tool to aid their transition from an IQ-based approach to an MI-inspired education.