An Active Learning Framework for EcologicalIntelligence: Using Activities of Multiple Intelligences toAchieve Ecological Awareness

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Akkuzu Güven N., Uyulgan M. A.

SCIENCE EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL, vol.32, no.4, pp.358-367, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Indexes: IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.358-367
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The current paper aimed to identify the relation between ecological intelligence (EI) and the types of multiple intelligences (MI); and

pointed out how ecological awareness could be raised through activities of MI. Data were gathered from the freshman students (n = 68)

who studied at the Department of Primary Education. Four measures were used in this case study: interviews, multiple intelligence

inventory, ecological intelligence scale (EIS), and students’ 5-min notes. Correlation analysis was used to find the relationship between

the students’ ecological intelligence and the types of MI. The responses to interview questions were coded into discrete themes. Findings

indicated that the intelligence type which had the most correlation with the sub-dimensions of EIS was InterP. Moreover, moderate

relations were determined between the sub-dimensions of EIS and the types of MI which were Bodily/Kinesthetic (BK) and Visual/

Spatial (VS). Although the students had difficulties in activities such as drama and role-playing for BK intelligence, they enjoyed, and

had better motivation to learn collaboratively during the activities through visual tools. Ecological intelligence relates to various types of

MI. Based on this assertion the activities of MI should be integrated in-class environmental activities for students to acquire ecological

awareness and sensitivity.