The cultural development project SAEPS has among other theories introduced the psychologist Howard Gardner’s theory on human intelligence. Gardner defined in his book “Frames of Mind”, 1985 intelligence as the power and ability to solve problems or create products that are valued within one or more cultural areas. Howard Gardner distinguished in 1985 between 7 intelligences – each with its own language.

The definition of and knowledge about especially the Visual-Spatial intelligence inspire art educators worldwide and challenge the classical, formal understanding of art and art education.
It is Howard Gardner’s judgment that most curricula favor the verbal-linguistic – and logical-mathematical intelligence.

The members of CAPT have worked practically and theoretically with Gardner’s theory and produced posters for each intelligence.

Visual-spatial
is the ability to visualize objects and spatial dimensions.
The learner enjoys arts and crafts activities; likes to draw and create
and to create images and pictures.

 

 

Musical-rhythmic
is the ability to recognize tonal patterns and sounds, as well
as sensitivity to rhythms and beats. The learner likes to sing,
hum, chant or rap; remembers melodies and likes to play music.

 

 

Verbal-linguistic
is the ability to use words and language.
The learner likes to express ideas and feelings in words;
likes to make poems and communicate in original and precise ways.

 

 

Logical-Mathematical
is the ability to apply logical thinking, use numbers and
recognize abstract patterns. The learner likes to play with and
think about numbers; to solve problems using mathematics.

 

 

Interpersonal intelligence
is the capacity for person-to-person communications and relationships.
The learner makes friends easily; likes cooperative games and being in groups;
feels a lot for others. This might also be regarded as the “social” intelligence.

 

 

Body-kin aesthetic
is the wisdom of the body and the ability to control
physical motion.  The learner likes dancing and athletics;
uses the body to send messages -„body language‟

 

 

Intra-personal intelligence
is the spiritual, inner states of being, self-reflection, and awareness.
The learner likes to think about own feelings and thoughts;
likes to understand own problem solving patterns and reactions.