By Margot Phaneuf,
For some time we have been hearing about a theory that has radically changed our understanding of human intelligence and how to measure it. Traditional I.Q. tests, as developed many years ago by Binet and Simon, deal mainly with the ability to solve logical and mathematical problems, oral expression and the speed at which different types of data can be processed. As such, they only measure some very limited aspects of intelligence. Following work by Howard Gardner, an American cognitive psychologist and “developmentalist” who teaches education at Harvard University, it is now generally accepted that human intelligence is much more complex, and that it conceals forms of intelligence of which we make little use in nursing.
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