MI in Ireland: Strengthening Students Multiple Intelligences During Transition Year

In an article featured in The Irish Times on September 4th 2017, Brian Mooney, guidance counselor and assistant principal at Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Dublin, encourages an inquiring parent to use MI Theory as a foundation for his daughter’s Transition Year. This feature provides exciting insight into the application of MI Theory in the Irish education system.

In the article, Mooney says, while the Irish education system supports the development of verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences, it fails to provide opportunities for students to hone their other six intelligences. However, he says students can use their Transition year (an optional one-year program between the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle (1)) to explore their other intelligences. Mooney says giving students the opportunity to see where their strengths lie in all eight intelligences can help them to make their subject choices for their Leaving Certificate. Moreover, he says, it can be “an amazing period of self-discovery,” in which “children enter transition year and emerge as young adults on the other side.”

Read the full article here: https://www.irishtimes.com/profile/brian-mooney-7.2280006

(1) http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/education/primary_and_post_primary_education/going_to_post_primary_school/transition_year.html