DiVersity provides a simple, worthwhile, and debt-free alternative to university. It does a better job in preparing you for real life and helping you become the best possible version of yourself. You will explore and develop your interests, talents and innate genius and you will learn to use and coordinate the 'perfect storm' of resources at your fingertips, all as part of a world-wide community of kindred spirits.
Your Dossier could be like a journal, a scrapbook, a filing-cabinet or anything you can imagine. It is likely to contain video, audio and text files, or software, or graphics, or holograms of 3-D objects you have created, or musical scores, or certificates of achievment, or evidence of a skill, or... And the OR... is limited only by your imagination.
Neither is DiVersity for: anyone needing sustained access to specialised equipment (chemists, vets, actors), facilities (stage and lighting, operating theatres, legal libraries, cabinet making, workshops); people who want a sustained academic atmosphere for a particular specialism; people who want networking access to an elite or future elite group (Grandes Ecoles, Oxbridge); people who actually want to work for institutions (schools) or organisations that currently require a conventional degree (but note that this may change).
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seven intelligences proposed by Gardner are linguistic, logical-mathematical,
spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal.
Linguistic intelligence enables individuals to read, write and speak well.
Logical-mathematical intelligence encompasses logical thinking (as might be used in chess or deductive reasoning, for example) as well as mathematical and scientific problem-solving.
Spatial intelligence makes its appearance when an individual navigates an unfamiliar set of streets, or when an architect visualizes her plans for a building.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is necessary for problem-solving that requires the individual to use his or her physical body, as would be necessary for performing a complex surgical procedure, executing a series of dance steps or catching a fly ball.
Musical intelligence generates the set of skills that allow musicians to play a tune by ear, or to execute a phrase with sensitivity and grace.
Interpersonal intelligence drives social skills and things like empathy and intuition about what motivates other people-a type of understanding that is necessary for salespersons, teachers and clergy, for example.
Intrapersonal intelligence involves a similar set of abilities, but these are turned toward the self; individuals who have high intrapersonal intelligence have an accurate self-understanding, and can use this to their advantage in problem-solving.
Gardner asserts that logical-mathematical and linguistic intelligences are overemphasized in traditional models of human intelligence, but that this is a cultural artifact; in different life circumstances, different intelligences would gain higher priority ( Gardner, 1993).