Keynote Speakers  




Howard Gardner

Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, USA

© Jay Gardner

TOPIC:   Education For Understanding

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in 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 Co-Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has been awarded fourteen honorary degrees--including degrees from Princeton University, McGill University and Tel Aviv University on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the state of Israel. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award in education.

The author of eighteen books 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 fifteen years, he and colleagues at Project Zero have been working on the design of performance-based assessments, education for understanding, and the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Most recently, Gardner has been carrying out intensive case studies of exemplary creators and leaders; he and colleagues have launched an investigation of the relationship between cutting-edge work in different domains and a sense of social responsibility for the use and implications of that work. Gardner is the author of eighteen books which have been translated into twenty languages. His two most recent books are 'The Disciplined Mind: What All Students Should Understand' (Simon & Schuster, 1999) and 'Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century' (Basic Books, 1999).

9.00-10.30am SATURDAY 8th JULY 2000
PLENARY SESSION: Professor Howard Gardner, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, USA, Education for Understanding.(By videconference, direct from Harvard University -50 min presentation, plus 30 mins of questions, answers and discussion with the conference participants)