The Relationship between Spatial and Linguistic Intelligence with Mathematical Problem Solving Abilities

Rahma Hidayati Darwis

IAIN Bone, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Sufri Mashuri *

Universitas Sembilanbelas November Kolaka, Indonesia.

Suradi Tahmir

Universitas Negeri Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Ahmad Talib

Universitas Negeri Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


There is emerging consensus that spatial intelligence and linguistic intelligence play fundamental roles in how individuals comprehend, express, approach, and solve mathematical problems. However, the underlying nature of this relationship remains challenging to grasp. Questions persist regarding how, why, and under what conditions spatial and linguistic intelligences are interrelated with mathematical problem-solving. This article addresses these questions through a literature review method, summarizing and synthesizing research from the fields of educational psychology and neuroscience. Findings indicate that spatial intelligence is associated with mathematical problem-solving. However, not all areas of mathematics have a consistent and strong relationship with spatial intelligence. In the findings of this article, a strong and consistent relationship between spatial intelligence and mathematical problem solving was found in areas such as geometry and algebra. As for linguistic intelligence, a fairly consistent relationship with mathematical problem solving ability was found. This may be because mathematical problem solving requires discursive skills, which are part of linguistic intelligence. The review concludes by considering the extent to which spatial and linguistic intelligence can be transferred to mathematical problem solving. Ultimately, this article aims to provide a more coherent and mechanistic explanation of the relationship between spatial and linguistic intelligences.

Keywords: Intelligence, spatial, linguistic, mathematical problem solving

How to Cite

Darwis, R. H., Mashuri , S., Tahmir , S., & Talib , A. (2024). The Relationship between Spatial and Linguistic Intelligence with Mathematical Problem Solving Abilities. Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, 50(6), 40–48.


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