Howard Gardner: The App Generation

TUE, MAY 13, 2014 (58:11)

Dr. Howard Gardner has described today's youth as the ""App Generation"". Dr. Gardner will speak on the power of apps to shape young people and the way digital technology affects their lives in three key areas: identity, intimacy, and imagination. He will discuss apps which limit and those that stimulate our ""multiple intelligences"".

Dr. Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, he is a leading thinker of education and human development. He has received honorary degrees from twenty-nine colleges and universities. Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of ""multiple intelligences,"" a critique of the notion that there is only one kind of intelligence measured by a standard IQ test.

Gardner's recent books include Good Work, Changing Minds, The Development and Education of the Mind, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons and Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed. Coauthored with Katie Davis, The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, was published in October 2013.

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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, adjunct professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and senior director of Harvard Project Zero.

Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award in Education, and in 2000, he received a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has received honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities, including institutions in Ireland, Italy, and Israel. In 2004, he was named an honorary professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

The author of over 20 books translated into 23 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. During the past two decades, he and colleagues at Project Zero have been working on the design of performance-based assessments; education for understanding; the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and the nature of interdisciplinary efforts in education.

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