Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Wilma Kuhlman

Second Advisor

Dr. Ivalyn VanEvery

Third Advisor

Dr. Steve Kelly

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Cathy Christensen


The theory of multiple intelligences -- that individuals are smart in multiple ways -- is slowly being infused into the educational realm. A review of current literature indicates that the multiple intelligence theory is being incorporated into some schools. However, there is very little research at this time which identifies the results of incorporating multiple intelligences within education. The purpose of this research was to identify any change in students' perceptions of their intelligence strengths by teaching with the multiple intelligences in a thematic science and language arts unit. Three sixth grade students were chosen as case studies for the research. Data included field observation notes, interviews, journals, and student projects. The findings were mixed with two of the case studies showing increase in their perceptions of their intelligence strengths. The results from the third case student were inconclusive with no identifiable patterns discernable from the data. The findings suggest that incorporating multiple intelligence theory in education has possible positive implications and that further research needs to be done.


A Thesis Presented to the Teacher Education Department and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Margaret Paradise July, 1997