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from " Writing and Multiple Intelligences ," A Working Paper by Gerald Grow , Ph.D. School of Journalism, Media & Graphic Arts Florida A&M University, Tallahassee FL 32307 USA Available at: http://www.longleaf.net/ggrow The Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence The core elements of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are control of one's bodily motions and capacity to handle objects skillfully (206). Gardner elaborates to say that this intelligence also includes a sense of timing, a clear sense of the goal of a physical action, along with the ability to train responses so they become like reflexes. Along with these, you often find a high degree of fine-motor control and a gift for using whole body motions. These abilities may not seem very impressive, at first glance. Bodily intelligence is not widely appreciated in our culture. Calling it an "intelligence" is almost startling, though less so after Gardner has called upon Marcel Marceau, athletes, actors, inventors, and dancers to make his case for a bodily intelligence. Gardner cites a dancer's conviction that we all have the capacity "to apprehend directly" the actions, feelings, or dynamic abilities of other people, without help from words or pictures (228). Dancers and actors draw on this ability; so do architects, who speak of "feeling in their bodies" the mass and proportion of a building. Surely this ability is at work when I waltz out of an early Charlie Chaplin movie, feeling as though my whole being has been taught to dance. What light does it cast on writing if you assume--with Gardner--that people function with a bodily intelligence of equal status to the linguistic and logical intelligences? Consider how many kinesthetic expressions apply to the experience of reading. We speak, for example, of being "touched," "taken," "gripped," "led," "held." We "grapple" with difficult subjects, and have "gut wrenching" experiences. Our stomachs turn. Our hearts leap. Our breathing quickens. We may tremble, sigh, and be "moved." These responses are rooted in kinesthetic experience. Jacobson
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2009 for the course GEN105 AAGI0G8228 taught by Professor Beverlysessoms during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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