Overview of Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment Standard (IE-S)
Developer: Professor Reuven Feuerstein, Director, The Feuerstein Institute (formerly known as the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential), Jerusalem, Israel.
Year Established: 1978.
Number of Schools Served: Over 500.
Students Served: Grades 4-12; college students and adults. New IE materials are being introduced for early learners, or students younger than fourth grade.
Primary Goal: Enhancing thinking and learning skills to increase achievement. Enhancing self-concept and intrinsic motivation to learn and solve problems.
Main Features: Structured paper-and-pencil exercises that gradually increase in levels of difficulty and abstraction. Mediation of the cognitive and affective challenges by teachers trained to deliver the program. Classroom strategies that "bridge" IE learning to academic or non-academic content areas offer added value.
Results: Consistently, Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment students outperform others on measures of intellect and affect. Additional results include: enhanced student academic success in mathematics, science, social studies and reading; a systemic reform that makes concrete the belief that all students can learn how to learn and succeed; improved school attendance and reduction of school dropout because of the student's enhanced intrinsic motivation for learning; a reduction in behavioral problems among troubled students.
Impact on Instruction: Enhanced reciprocity in the learning-teaching process. Development of a mediational style of teaching, as opposed to teaching as informing. Development of teachers' ability to assess students' cognitive development and apply it to the classroom.
Impact on Organization/Staffing: Development of teacher leadership that can guide education from passive acceptance of low performance to active modification of student abilities. Enhanced collaboration among regular educators, special education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, students and parents.
Impact on Schedule: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per week of Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment instruction, preferably in block schedules with academic work.
Applicable Situations: Urban and rural settings for school, home, and the workplace
Parental Involvement: Recommended; optional parent program available.
Technology: Not required.
Title 1: Yes.
Materials: Detailed student materials and teacher's guide provided.
* Note: The above adopted from “The Catalog of School Reform Models, 1999.”
Training Schedule for IE-S1
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This schedule may be adjusted during the week according to the needs of the participants. General discussion is a vital part of this workshop and is encouraged at all times.