The Strong’s educational philosophy is inspired by learning approaches that view the student as a capable partner in curriculum direction and play as a fundamental component in healthy human development. Here are links to some of the ideas and activities that have significantly influenced the museum's thinking.
Harvard professor Howard Gardner introduced the theory of multiple intelligences, which maintains that the idea of a single intelligence (or “I.Q.”) is far too limited and that eight different intelligences need to be considered in any accounting of an individual’s full potential. His website features frequently asked questions about his theory and Gardner’s answers in his own words.
Thomas Armstrong has been a leader in translating Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences into practical applications for children, parents, teachers, and adult learners. His website summarizes the intelligences and their impact on teaching and learning.
The Alliance seeks to build a diverse community to promote and defend the rights of children, families, and educators of all cultures through a collaboration of colleagues inspired by the philosophies of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.
Expeditionary Learning is a model of comprehensive school reform that organizes learning around an experiential project-based approach. In this approach, students do original research and create high-quality products for audiences beyond the classroom. The model emphasizes high levels of student engagement, self-direction, achievement, and character development.
Teaching for Understanding
The Teaching for Understanding Framework from Harvard Graduate School of Education focuses on developing and deepening student understanding.
ALPS—Active Learning Practice for Schools—is an electronic community dedicated to the improvement and advancement of educational practice. The ALPS mission is to create an online collaborative environment between teachers and administrators from around the world with educational researchers, professors, and curriculum designers at Harvard Graduate School of Education.