Feuerstein Method is not new to the Dance Renegades Team and you might think why is this information shared here. Well… We think in its core its has lots of similarities. Read for yourself what Feuerstein includes and see how you could adapt or use it in your dance classes or your way of working.
Each person is different in the way and speed they develop – no scientist doubts that. A point of discussion, however, is whether there is a limit on how much and/or how long people can learn and continue to develop themselves.
All mediators and other professionals working with the Feuerstein Method (developed by Professor Reuven Feuerstein, 1921-2014) believe that learning and development are lifelong skills capable of every child and adult.
At the Feuerstein Centre of the Netherlands (FCN) we work intensively with the Feuerstein method, which is a successfully proven way of helping the development of the cognitive functions. Cognitive functions are the tools we need to aid us in tackling the everyday problems, learning tasks, etc., we face in life. They are the tools that enable us to learn and to benefit from teaching and lessons. The more we use our cognitive functions, the better we develop them and the better we will become at using them. In short: developing our cognitive functions allows us to learn how to learn. Another belief we have at the Feuerstein Centre is that everyone is modifiable, including those with disabilities, or, as we prefer to say, those with extra life challenges. They in particular need to develop their cognitive functions with intention, in addition to another important concept in the Feuerstein method, mediation.
Feuerstein claimed that “learning” only happens when there has been a change to the structure of the brain. He coined the term “Structural Cognitive Modifiability” to refer to this important process, which is caused by mediation. The mediated learning experience is responsible for the development of the cognitive functions and these functions enable the learner to act from learning experiences: while in class but also elsewhere in life. The quality and quantity of mediation is most important for a client’s learning process, and for the development of the necessary cognitive functions.
It is important that the client, parents, teachers other co-workers and caretakers, believe in the learning capacities and modifiability of the client. Positivity and encouragement are particularly important factors to the beginning of any change.
Before starting with sessions, we invite the client for an LPAD: the Learning Propensity Assessment Device. This dynamic assessment shines a light on the learning potential and modifiability of the client.
The Feuerstein method doesn’t endorse the ideas: “accept them as they are” and/or “we’re happy when they’re happy”. Instead, the Feuerstein method focuses on and encourages the right of every person to be challenged and gain respect in a role of their choosing. Unfortunately, those with extra life challenges are more likely to ridiculed for their disabilities than praised for their abilities. With Feuerstein’s IE (Instrumental Enrichment) program, clients learn more than how to recite facts – they acquire lifelong skills that enable them to learn and keep learning.
At the Feuerstein Centre of the Netherlands, we welcome every person of every age and every level, whether they have a diagnosed learning disability or not, to come and sharpen their cognitive tools.
Katinka Hol, director, assessor and mediator of the Feuerstein Centre Netherlands.
For more information, please visit our website
Feuerstein Centrum Nederland
1033 RJ Amsterdam Tel.: 020 – 661 03 56
Fax: 020 – 661 03 53
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