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What's in it for a multiple intelligent citizen?

Author(s) Drs. Wim Kratsborn  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
The learning theories of constructivism and multiple intelligence have inspired me and Anja Sinnige to design the cd-rom Unpredictable past. It's a tool for students to construct a personal field of view of the past, the present and the future. Text, images and music are offered to experience the historical sensation (Johan Huizinga) by blended learning, a mix of digital and non-digital materials. What will young people need to know and be able to do as a citizen in the future? First they need a structure and that's why a didactic route is designed with seven steps. Each step is a phase in the learning process and also a step towards citizenship. With guidance and personal luggage consisting of knowledge, images and music they'll feel safe to follow the route in a bondless 'liquid society'. Postmodern life is fragmentary, episodic and inconsequential (Z. Bauman, 1995, p. 282) and the steps are anchors to redefine themselves in a structured, flexible, active and creative way. Howard Gardner's brain-based theory of multiple intelligences is an appropriate learning strategy in Ulrich Beck's 'Risk society'. These intelligences are about the whole person, a holistic, natural profile of human potential. This potential may be improved during the learning process and especially when favourite intelligences are activated. 'We are so different largely because we all have different combinations of intelligences. If we recognize this, I think we will have at least a chance of dealing appropriately with the many problems we face in our world.' (Howard Gardner)

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