Dr. Howard Gardner added the Naturalist Intelligence to his list in 1996. It is the first addition to the original seven. This intelligence has to do with observing, understanding and organizing patterns in the natural environment. A naturalist is someone who shows expertise in the recognition and classification of plants and animals. This could be anyone from a molecular biologist to a traditional medicine man using herbal remedies.
Examples of naturalists might include George Washington Carver, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, or a child who skillfully sorts and classifies rocks, insects, shells, or dinosaurs. These same skills of observing, collecting, and categorizing might also be applied in the "human" environment as witnessed in a child sorting sports cards, or an adult who shrewdly distinguishes between the sounds of different engines or analyzes the variations in fingerprints.
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Bruce is a classroom teacher, trainer, and consultant and the author of books and articles including The Multiple Intelligences Handbook: Lesson Plans and More and Teaching and Learning Through Multiple Intelligences (Allyn and Bacon, 1996) which he co-authored with Linda Campbell and Dee Dickinson.
Bruce can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
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