Lucas at edurealms.com uses Dungeons & Dragons as a metaphor to
explain Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, which
claims that human beings have several different types of intelligence,
rather than one all-encompassing INT score:
"So, the analogy here lies in the similarities in an RPG character's
abilities or statistics and our own multiple intelligences. To take
the analogy to the next level, an RPG character who is a fighter might
experience a situation where they are required to fight a band of
marauding goblins. The fighter's approach to this situation would be
to whip out his sword, charge into battle, and start swinging,
achieving victory through brute strength. A character who is a wizard
will approach the same encounter quite differently. The wizard would
assess the field, and using his keen intellect, begin casting damaging
spells at the goblin force while trying very hard to avoid physical
contact with the invading force.
In a similar fashion, we as learners with varying intelligences will
approach learning differently. When presented with a new concept to be
learned, a logical-mathematical person may try to understand the
material in a step-by-step approach, whereas a person with a great
deal of spatial intelligence might try to visualize the concept in a
Lucas then goes on to pose another metaphor, comparing the varying
abilities of D&D characters working together to people using the
strengths of their different intelligences as a team.<p>
The funny thing is, many RPGs model this sort of thing in character
creation - sure, there's usually one lone Intelligence score, but many
rule systems contain advantages that characters can take that include
most, if not all, of the eight - linguistic, logical-mathematical,
musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalist, interpersonal, and
intrapersonal. So the metaphor applies on a few different levels.<p>
Here's the full article - http://edurealms.com/?tag=multiple-intelligences,
and here is more on the theory of multiple intelligences, for those
who would like to explore the subject further:
(Special thanks to Jason Paul McCartan for the links.)
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