ERIC Number: ED329813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
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Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment: An Exploratory Study for Activating Intellectual Potential in Slow Learners.
Seng, Seok Hoon
Many schools have established their own remedial educational programs to help students at relatively high risk of academic failure. Traditionally such remediation programs have been designed to remediate knowledge of specific content or teach study skills. Such courses have been generally ineffective. This study examined the teaching of thinking to academic underachievers based on one component (Organization of Dots) of the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (IE) remedial techniques. Fifteen tutors in four tuition centers were trained to work with this course of study. A total of 140 pupils from different primary school levels were split into control and experimental groups, both of which were tested before and after the experimental program of IE. The experimental group received a combination of IE and the usual conventional academic programs provided by the schools. The control group received only the academic programs. The program was administered to students in attendance at the tuition centers. The study subjects, although not formally classified as learning disabled, displayed learning characteristics of slow learners and underachievers. The Ravens Standard Progressive Matrices, as well as Feuerstein's pre-post measures were utilized. Preliminary findings seemed to suggest that cognitive skills can be transferred to new subjects if children are exposed to IE for a longer rather than a shorter period of time. For significant changes to take place, a minimum requirement of 300 hours spread out over a 2- to 3-year period for all the 14 instruments is recommended. The training of teachers is obviously very important to the success of this program. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Instrumental Enrichment; Singapore
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists (48th, Tokyo, Japan, July 14-18, 1990).