ERIC Number: ED367682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Cognitive Education Project. Summary Project.
Mulcahy, Robert; And Others
The Cognitive Education Project conducted a 3-year longitudinal evaluation of two cognitive education programs that were aimed at teaching thinking skills. The critical difference between the two experimental programs was that one, Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (IE) method, was taught out of curricular content, while the other, the Strategies Program for Effective Learning/Thinking (SPELT), was taught directly within curricular content. The effectiveness of these two programs was compared with traditional instruction at grades 4 and 7 for 900 gifted, learning disabled, and normally achieving students. Results indicate that cognitive education was effective in improving student thinking, especially for the grade-4 learning disabled students and to a lesser extent the gifted students, in reading comprehension and comprehension monitoring. SPELT tended to produce more positive changes than did IE, and SPELT was better received by teachers, parents, and administrators, although both programs were favorably received. Two tables and 10 figures present study findings. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Cognitive Processes, Criteria, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Gifted, Grade 4, Grade 7, Inservice Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Disabilities, Longitudinal Studies, Parents, Program Evaluation, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers: Alberta; Continuum Models; Feuerstein (Reuven); Instrumental Enrichment; Strategies Program for Effective Learning Thinking
Note: For the complete report, see TM 021 119.