The backbone of the Method is Feuerstein’s theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM). This theory dictates that in order to bring about real transformation, there must be global intervention - the learner must systematically change how they are taught, process and interact with information across all aspects of their being. Feuerstein calls this process the Mediated Learning Experience (MLE). The Mediated Learning Experience is implemented through two applied learning systems; the Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LPAD) and Instrumental Enrichment (IE). Together, these systems seek to assess, intervene and develop the learner’s skills.
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The LPAD is an extensive, dynamic assessment. Its goal is to identify the examinee’s learning potential and propensity – to literally decipher which cognitive functions need to be developed in order to tap into and maximize their latent learning ability.
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The IE cognitive intervention program is comprised of a series 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.
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