In Feuerstein’s Theory of Mediated Learning Experience, the primary causes of learning difficulties are a student’s inefficient use of the brain’s cognitive abilities, otherwise known as cognitive functions. When efficient, these functions are the foundations of the processes for learning; enabling students to see the complete picture rather than episodes, to gather all the information accurately, to restrain impulsivity and much more. In this video, classroom examples explain the mediator criteria and show seasoned teachers using Feuerstein’s methods to mediate the strengthening of student thinking. Learn to investigate three big questions about Reuven Feuerstein’s theory of Mediated Learning Experience (MLE).
- What is mediation?
- Why is it important?
- How does it work?
The Instrumental Enrichment programme (IE) is a curriculum in thinking, which is designed to enhance cognitive functioning, is based on Feuerstein’s theory of Structural Cognitive modifiability and a philosophy that all children, young people and adults can learn and change their level of functioning.
The goal of the IE programme is the development, refinement, and crystalisation of thinking processes that are needed for effective thinking, problem solving and decision making. It focuses on transforming passive and dependent learners into more active self-motivated students.
For students who have previously experienced failure in school, IE creates opportunities to gain insights into their way of thinking, attitudes, and feelings. They can begin to appreciate that the source of their difficulties is not due to their inferiority, inability or lack of intelligence, but is due to inefficient strategies or lack of thorough planning.
The Basic course is designed to accelerate cognitive development and develop social competence. The Basic course is aimed at learners working at a developmental age of 3 to 8 years inclusive, and for the older student who has a low performance level and needs a more systematic and developmental approach.
IE Basic consists of a set of learning activities that develop basic concepts and thinking skills. Through a series of increasingly complex tasks, learners explore the operations of comparison, orientation in space, analysis of geometric shapes, numerical skills, empathy for others and the like – all with the help of a mediator who guides the learner to develop strategies for problem solving and analytic thinking.
In Europe, IE Basic is delivered as a full curriculum subject in schools, delivered 40mins per day for two years – this achieves optimum meta-cognitive change and the significant, measurable outcome.
The Standard IE course has been developed for learners working at a developmental age of 9 years and above. IE Standard is a series of structured paper-and-pencil exercises that gradually increase in levels of difficulty and abstraction.
The materials are organized into workbooks called ‘instruments’ and each instrument focuses on a specific cognitive area such as analytic perception, comparison, classification, orientation in space and time and more. They may include verbal, mathematical, logical and even emotional skills – depending upon the needs of the learner.
Learners are guided through the tasks by a mediator who helps them develop strategies for problem solving and analytic thinking, skills they can then carry on into the rest of their lives.
IE Standard can be used in a classroom or workplace setting, with small groups of targeted learners and as a one-to-one therapeutic intervention