Different types of Intelligence, Doubly Gifted Teaching, Art in Education


Lynda Shephard shares a life's work in art, its value in education and a happy life. Lidiya Cherneva explains various types of intelligence. Emma Baxley talks about doubly gifted children and how to help them.

This week on The Lisa Burke Show, Sasha Kehoe reflects on the news week that was:

- Chat GPT causes concern over future jobs. Will it mean creatives have to become more creative about their work?
- Man died in stabbing incident at football pitch in Esch-sur-Alzette
- Home working and cross-border rights under further discussion
- Future of the Luxembourgish language?
- Oscar nominations for Luxembourg - Vicky Kreips 'Corsage' film out of the running?
- Man lost at sea for 28 days saved by sauce!
- Julian Sands still missing in the Californian mountains.

Art and Education

Lynda Shephard has travelled the world post graduation from Cambridge in Art History and Education. She founded the Relative Art Centre in Dubai in 1994 and has held several solo international exhibitions as a professional watercolourist.

Here we discuss the role of art in education and in our lives. In Ancient Greek times the role of education was to endeavour to live a life of harmony and happiness. Nowadays education can feel like a treadmill of trying to achieve higher grades in certain subjects, with a constant crush on artistic endeavours.

Why is art important? Can it help us think more creatively? Lynda talks about the range of artistic jobs available today, and to think about learning business acumen alongside art to succeed in selling one's work. Turner was a canny businessman and Picasso was the first artist to become a millionaire whilst still alive!

Art is also used hugely in therapy and was used as such by Winston Churchill and Paul McCartney.

Different types of Intelligence

Lidiya Cherneva moved from Bulgaria to Cyprus and then onto the UK where she graduated from the University of Oxford. She tells us the circuitous route to get there, in order to study design and implementation of evidence-based behavioural Interventions through the lifespan. Lidiya went on to study Cognitive Behaviour therapy, mindfulness and positive thinking, and is now completing her master’s degree in psychology with the University of Glasgow.

Lidiya explains the seven types of intelligence as laid out by Howard Gardner and his colleagues:


And so, somewhere in this range, we all have strengths. Nowadays it's often the intra and interpersonal skills that can lead to mental health issues. Without knowing how to understand one's own emotions, it's hard to connect to others.

The good news is that due to neuroplasticity we can retrain our brain to improve with respect to most skills, despite out background, time in our mother's womb, and innate ability.

Double Giftedness

Our resident TikTok expert, Emma Baxley, is actually a qualified teacher with a specialism in helping 'doubly gifted' children.

Those children who have ADD, ADHD, autism or one of a number of other 'gifts' and therefore think in a hugely different way. It requires a special teacher, a lot of support and one-on-one care to truly enrich such a child's life. This sort of support is currently not available in Luxembourg.