Research Reports and Papers

The MIDAS™ assessment has undergone over 25 years of validity and efficacy research by people in many different countries. Early validity research is summarized in the Professional Manual (Shearer, 2007, Rev. Ed.). Numerous other studies have been conducted by both the author and other researchers that have examined its validity as well as contributions to teaching, learning and personal satisfaction. See partial list below.

The goal of this long term research has been to create a valid, research-based assessment that produces a high quality descriptive Profile. To learn how it differs from superficial and invalid so-called MI “tests” download this paper by the author:

Is_MIDAS_Appropriate for Your Purposes? 

Accepting the validity of MI theory is a big issue both in schools and among theorists. Dr. Shearer addressed this important issue in his response to Howard Gardner’s presentation at the MI in Global Perspective session at the 2006 AERA conference. Down load this commentary entitled, “When Can We Stop Calling It “Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences?” (here)

Papers: The following papers summarize research projects conducted by the author.

Assessing the Multiple Intelligences: What_Good Is It?

Principal Components Factor Analysis of MIDAS

Cross_Cultural_Validity: Factor Analysis of the MIDAS

Criterion Related Validity of The MIDAS Assessments

MIDAS_TEEN_Summary of Validity Research

MIDAS_KIDS_Summary of Validity Research

Career_Development and_Multiple_Intelligences

Teacher_Development and the Multiple Intelligences 

Math Achievement and_Multiple Intelligences 

– Reading and Multiple Intelligences Investigating the Profiles of High School Students

Reading_RtI: Response to Intervention using MI Reading Strategies

An Integrated Model of Multiple Intelligences: Integrating Triarchic, IQ, EQI and MI Theories

Exploring the Relationship Between MI and Emotional Intelligence


Research and Development Projects

– The MI profiles of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians was recently investigated by Edwin Bundy and Branton Shearer. As a result, a Graduation Prediction Scale was devised to help with the selection and education of EOD practitionersEOD_Paper

Existential scale development by Blake Allen and Branton Shearer

Howard Gardner first proposed Existential as the possible 9th intelligence in his 1999 book, Intelligence Reframed. As of this writing, Dr. Gardner is reviewing the status of the proposed Existential intelligence and its research basis. The MIDAS Existential scale has undergone preliminary validation studies and data collection is ongoing.

 – Leadership and MIDAS

The MIDAS™ has been used to enhance leadership development for both undergraduate and graduate students at Kent State University. This is a promising use for The MIDAS assessment.

Minding_Your_Business with MIDAS: This paper summarizes the possible business uses for the MIDAS assessment.

Investigating the MI Profiles of At_Risk_Students. This paper summarizes a number of studies that investigated the MI profiles of At Risk students.

Gifted Education and MI Many educators of gifted and talented students are also enthusiastic about how the multiple intelligences can be used to enhance student achievement.

Dealing with Anger: Student behavior management is a major concern of teachers at all levels. This paper describes how to use student’s strengths to provide more effective discipline.


MI Interest Survey Research

 At the request of the BBC Science: Leonardo website, Dr. Shearer developed and validated a brief MI interest and thinking styles survey. Over 200,000 people have completed this survey online since its debut in 2003. It was subsequently adapted for Edutopia’s website. It has become one of their most popular features on their website. Try the MI Interest Survey here. :

– What_Kind_of_Thinker_Was_Leonardo This paper compares the what is known about the life and work of da Vinci to the results of the Thinking Styles Survey that was developed as an interactive component of the BBC’s Leonardo website

– What_Kind_of_Thinker_Are_You This paper describes the Thinking Style Survey and its nine scales: musical, kinesthetic, musical, linguistic, logical-math, spatial, naturalist, intrapersonal, interpersonal and existential.

– Development_of_Thinking_Styles_Survey This paper describes the technical procedures and research steps followed to create and validate the Thinking Styles Survey for web administration.

Assessing_Thinking_Styles This paper describes the multiple intelligences interest profiles of over 175,000 people who completed the online Thinking Styles Survey on the BBC website. Several group profiles are described including: leadership group, high school drop-outs, people with either high school and college degrees and professional of graduate degree graduates.