Matching purpose with practice: Revolutionising nurse education with mita

Margaret Denny, Ellen F. Weber, John Wells, Olga Redmond Stokes, Paula Lane, Suzanne Denieffe

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Multiple intelligences have only recently entered the teaching dialogue in nurse education and research. It is argued that despite the rhetoric of a student centred approach nurse education remains wedded to conventional teaching approaches that fail to engage with the individual and unwittingly silence the student's voice. This paper will examine the concept of multiple intelligences (MI) and outline Gardner's contention that the brain functions using eight intelligences which can be employed to improve learning at an individual level. It will then outline the use of MI using a five phase model, developed by Weber, known as a multiple intelligence teaching approach (MITA). It is contended that MITA has great potential in nurse education, particularly in terms of reinforcing learning beyond the educational domain and into the individual's professional development and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


  • Multiple intelligence (MI)
  • Multiple intelligence teaching approach (MITA)
  • Nurse education


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