Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE or IE) is an intervention program designed to provide the concepts, skills, strategies, and operations necessary to recognize and correct deficiencies in thinking skills and to help individuals "learn how to learn." The cognitive functions addressed in IE are considered to be pre-requisite skills for learning.
The IE Standard program consists of 14 instruments and is appropriate curricula for 4th graders to adults. Each instrument is a series of paper and pencil tasks that become progressively more complex and abstract. Through the tasks, students develop the skills and habits of thinking that enable them to process information, see connections, visualize spatial and temporal relationships, and communicate in precise ways. These are basic skills needed for academic and professional achievement.
Feuerstein's IE Standard Program has received praise from educators throughout the world and is currently taught in 29 languages, both with underachieving and with well functioning students and adults in a variety of learning situations.
The newly developed IE Basic program has been designed for younger children, to assist in cultivating their cognitive functioning during the formative years of age three through third grade. IE Basic consists of 10 instruments that are conceptual, downward extensions of the original Standard instruments.
IE for Adults. Several experimental programs have been developed using IE with special adult populations. SCEL has implemented two such programs:
- FastTrack is a program designed by ICELP for training management level
personnel in business and industry settings. It is also appropriate as a
professional development course for classroom teachers. The goal is to improve their
problem solving/decision making skills through 50 hours of training using
selected pages from all fourteen instruments of the FIE Standard Program.
- MindMatters is a Cognitive Enrichment Course for Seniors. The goal of the course is to help adults maintain, enhance, and/or reclaim cognitive functioning while aging. The course is taught one or two days a week using Feuersteinís Instrumental Enrichment materials.
The Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LPAD) was created by Professor Feuerstein to measure an individualís potential (propensity) for learning, as intelligence is not viewed as a stationary measure, according to the theoretical premise of Cognitive Enrichment.