Feuerstein Methods

Overview

"The Feuerstein Method can help EVERYONE improve how they learn."

The Feuerstein Method

The Feuerstein Method is originated by Prof. Reuven Feuerstein (1921-2014) who was a clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist. He was renowned for his groundbreaking work in demonstrating that intelligence is not fixed but modifiable. He thought that we need to teach the vitally important - and often overlooked - skill of  learning how to learn.

In his unique educational approach, he combined specially designed instruments and mediation 1 in order to identify and enhance an individual's learning potential. As a result, the learner gains the knowledge and tools required to reach beyond their manifest abilities.

How It Works?

The Feuerstein Method is comprised of two applied learning systems; the Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LPAD) and Instrumental Enrichment (IE). The goal of the LPAD is to identify an individual’s  learning potential – how one learns best and how extensive one can learn. 

The goal of IE cognitive intervention program is to teach individuals the thinking skills that are necessary for effective and active learners. It comprised of a series of 14 (IE Standard) or 11 (IE Basic, for children age 8 and younger) instruments. They are a collection of content free pencil-and-paper tasks, which may be taught in the classroom, in an after-school enrichment setting, or used as a part of a clinical therapy program. Each instrument teaches the user a vital cognitive strategy; to gather and apply information, to strategize, to problem solve – to learn. 

The Feuerstein Difference

For more than 50 years, and in over 40 countries, Prof. Feuerstein’s theories and applied systems have been implemented in both classroom and clinical settings. His theory has led to more than 2,000 scientific research studies and countless case studies with various populations.

Assessment

The Feuerstein Assessment explores your potential and how you can learn effectively.

How It Works?

The Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LPAD) is consisted of a series of tests used to determine how an individual learns. Through the tests, the LPAD evaluator observe and record which methods of teaching the examinees best respond to, how much learning is retained and transferred to new and challenging tasks.

The LPAD battery consists of several instruments. The evaluator will select all those the examinee responds to. As the process goes on, the evaluator gains information about the examinee’s needs and thinking functions. As such, the amount of time required for assessment and the number and range of instruments vary a great deal.

Why It Is Different?

The LPAD is different from traditional educational and psychological evaluations in that we determine the examinee’s potential not from scores or single responses, but from observations of repeated responses to task and from utilizing mediation to teach the examinee how to solve problems and correctly respond.

The LPAD not only measures potential but also provides perspective on the perspective on the best methods of intervention for the examinee's learning ability to grow. The LPAD instruments include all of the important forms of information processing - verbal, pictorial, numerical, figural, symbolic and graphic. How an examinee combines them tell us much about their individual style of learning. 

Want to learn more?

For more detailed description, please visit the website of Feuerstein Institute.

Programs

The fundamental assumption of the IE program is that intelligence is modifiable, not fixed.

Instrumental Enrichment (IE) is a cognitive intervention program that can be used both individually and in within the classroom. It has been successfully used worldwide as a tool for the enhancement of learning potential and cognitive functioning of children and adults. To date, the IE program has been successfully used in the following frameworks:

How It Works?

There are three sets of Instrumental Enrichment programs: The  IE Basic program for young children and low-functioning individuals; the  IE Standard  program, which is used with older children, high-school students, and adult learners of all ages; and the IE Tactile program for ADD/ADHD individuals.

During the IE sessions, a trained Feuerstein mediator leads learners through increasingly complex cognitive tasks and works with them on how to analyze a problem and how to solve it systematically. IE utilizes a style of teaching called  mediation. In Feuerstein’s terms, mediation means to teach information to the learner in a way that is meaningful to them, so that they understand the lesson and are able to apply it in other contexts. 

IE Basic

IE Basic consists of a set of playful learning activities that develop basic concepts and thinking skills of younger children and low-functioning individuals. 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 learners to develop strategies for problem solving and analytical thinking.

IE Standard

IE Standard is a series of structured paper-and-pencil tasks that gradually increase in levels of difficulty and abstraction. Each set of tasks focuses on a specific cognitive area such as analytic perception, comparison and classification and so on. The mediator helps the learners develop strategies for problem solving and analytical thinking that they can then carry on into the rest of their lives.

IE Tactile

IE Tactile reintroduces IE through a multi-sensory approach which includes touch, motion and sound. This kinesthetic approach has proven especially successful for working with clients diagnosed with ADD/ADHD in addition to the visually impaired.

Want to learn more?

Please visit the website of Feuerstein Institute.

1 "Mediation" means to teach information to the learner in a way that is meaningful to them, so that they understand the lesson and are able to apply it in other contexts.
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