Attitudes of Special Education Teachers and School Psychologists: Individualized Education Plan (IEP’s) Developed using Traditional Assessments Versus IEP’s Developed using a Multiple Intelligence Assessment

By Alhajri Meshari and Jerome M. Fischer.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The purpose of this study was to investigate Special Educators and School Psychologist’s attitudes towards using Traditional Intelligence testing and Multiple Intelligence in the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s). Research participants (N=99) consisted of 45 Special Educators (45.5%), 40 School Psychologist (40.5%), and 14 identifying as Other Educators (14.0%) including Education Leadership Counseling (6), Early Childhood (5), and Elementary Teacher Education (3). Participants reported a mean of 17.9 (SD=9.54) years of work experience in their field. An examination of the differences in ratings by Special Educators and School Psychologists regarding IEP’s indicated that all of the ratings of the Multiple Intelligence (MI) IEP’s were more than one point higher than the counterpart IEP’s based on traditional assessments. The greatest difference reported in ratings was MI over Traditional IEP’s concerning providing more ways for the student to succeed, where the difference was 2.18 points higher for the MI rating. Noteworthy higher ratings between MI and Traditional IEP’s were reported concerning social skills (1.92 points) and behavioral skills (1.81 points). Multiple Intelligence has been demonstrated to be beneficial to academic success. It is recommended to further investigate Special Educators and School Psychologists perceptions of using Multiple Intelligence to enhance Individualized Education Programs.

Keywords: Multiple Intelligence, Traditional Intelligence Testing, Individualized Educational Programs, Special Educators, School Psychologists

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.309-322. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.052MB).

Dr. Alhajri Meshari

Doctoral Student, College of Educaton, University of Idaho, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Meshari Alhajri is a doctoral student who is now working on his dissertation in the area of applying the concepts of multiple intelligence to the educational processes of children and youth.

Dr. Jerome M. Fischer

Chair, Rehabilitative Services, University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg, TX, USA

Dr. Fischer obtained his doctorate at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1992. He is now a Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Counseling. He has 34 research publications in counseling ethics, multicultural counseling and emotional intelligence.

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