Seven Areas of Giftedness

Howard Gardner’s Theory of the Seven Areas of Giftedness are as listed below:

  1. Bodily-Kinesthetic Giftedness has to do with physical intelligence which includes acting, sports, dance, or some type of physical activity.
  2. Interpersonal Giftedness has to do with sensitivity or empathy when interacting with people.  It also can involve discussing ideas.
  3. Verbal-Linguistic Giftedness has to do with language, both spoken and written.   It involves learning foreign languages easily.
  4. Logical-Mathematical Giftedness has to do with performing complex calculations, understanding abstract patterns, logic, reasoning, and scientific thinking.
  5. Intrapersonal Giftedness has to do with a high degree of self-awareness and self-reflection.
  6. Spatial Giftedness has to do with great sense of direction and visual memory, spatial reasoning, and visualizing of things.
  7. Musical Giftedness has to do with a high level of musical ability and rhythm plus a sensitivity to sounds and tones.

According to The Marland Report, there are Six Areas of Giftedness:

  1. General Intellectual Ability has to do with high scores on IQ tests.
  2. Specific Academic Aptitude has to do with scoring at the 97th percentile or higher in at least one subject.
  3. Creative/Productive Thinking has to do with coming up with creative and new ideas.
  4. Leadership Abilities has to do with strong social skills.
  5. Visual/Performing Arts has to do with music, art, drama, etc.
  6. Psychomotor Abilities has to do with exceptional mechanical, spacial, and physical skills.