Research Reports and Papers

The MIDAS assessment

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.

Download this commentary entitled, “When Can We Stop Calling It “Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences?


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

Bomb Disposal Technicians:

– The MI profiles of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians (EOD) 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 practitioners. download here:

Existential Thinking?

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. The Scale for Existential Thinking (SET) was created to investigate the validity of this Big Idea. Read about the initial validity results by Allen and Shearer.

Existential scale development by Blake Allen and Branton Shearer

How are the Multiple Intelligences related to a person’s leadership abilities?

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.


MI-Inspired Business Development?

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.


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.

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