ERIC Number: ED351103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Cognitive Enrichment Network Overview.
Greenberg, Katherine H.
This article discusses the Cognitive Enrichment Network Model (COGNET) of elementary school instruction developed at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This model is largely based on the theory of mediated learning experience (MLE) developed by Israeli psychologist Reuven Feuerstein, which posits that learning is closely connected to cultural values and that children who feel culturally alienated often have a difficult time learning. The COGNET model focuses children's attention on the connections between school learning and their world view. The model is unique because of: (1) its mediated approach to connecting school learning to the real world; (2) the fundamental methods for learning that are taught to children; and (3) the enabling way in which assistance is provided. Using teaching methods based on a model of 10 "building blocks of thinking" and 8 "tools of independent learning," the COGNET program instills in children the desire and ability to learn how to learn. The program has been used in schools in Tennessee, Montana, Michigan, and Washington, and by educators in Belgium and Holland. Studies indicate that low-income children enrolled in the COGNET program for several years show significant improvement in math and reading compared to similar children who are not in the program. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
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