From the Field – Multiple Intelligences
Although Gardner's work has been subject to criticism, his theory has broadened perceptions of what it means to be intelligent.
Prior to Gardner's work, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) theory assumed a person's intellectual potential was fixed. IQ's could be measured early and determine individual potential.
Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences suggests a broader view, and has opened minds as to how learning and education can be changed to ensure all students are guided to achieve maximum potential.
The theory of differentiated instruction suggests instructional approaches should vary and be adapted in relation to individual needs and diverse students in classrooms.