Full professor and researcher of Cognitive and Pedagogical Sciences (chair named after John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs) at Harvard Graduate School of Education, he is internationally known for his theory on multiple intelligences (“Frame of Minds”, 1983).
In the 1980s he began his relation with infant toddler centres and preschools and with the city of Reggio Emilia; he built up a relationship of collaboration, esteem and friendship with Loris Malaguzzi.
He was the promoter of a joint research between Project Zero and Reggio Children srl on schools in Reggio Emilia, which led to the publication of the book “Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners”.
He is Senior Director of Project Zero, a research group at Harvard Graduate School of Education founded in the late 1960s, with an initial focus on art learning and learning through art. Project Zero currently carries out research and educational initiatives on various topics around the world. Gardner’s current interests and studies focus on how to improve the quality of education at university level.