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WHAT IS MEDIATED LEARNING?

Mediated Learning is an intervention program composed of a Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LPAD) and Instrumental Enrichment.

 

Mediated Learning is aimed at teaching a person to how to think and how to scrutinize their thinking faculties so that they can independently change, adapt and learn in any situation.

 

Mediated learning was developed by Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, and Dr. Jean Piaget.

THE PROCESS

Mediated learning occurs when a mediator – a parent, teacher, professional mediator, etcetera – facilitates or mediates between a stimulus and the learner. The mediator observes the learner’s response to the stimulus, and looks for potential strengths and weaknesses. A mediator can be a professional who understands how the mind gathers and processes information, or a parent who walks their child through the steps involved in tying their shoes.

 

The mediator’s role is to engage the student’s perception and understanding of the world around them. As the student cultivates new thought structures and strategies, they are encouraged and taught how to integrate this newly modified thinking capacity into their daily life. The goal is for the student to then develop an awareness and understanding of their own thinking processes, which can then empower them to overcome any form of difficulty.

MEDIATED LEARNING AND INSTRUMENTAL ENRICHMENT

ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF TRINITY CHRISTIAN’S APPROACH TO EDUCATION

STRUCTURAL COGNITIVE MODIFIABILITY

The theory behind Mediated Learning is Structural Cognitive Modifiability. It can be best described as the unique ability human beings have to change or modify the structure of their cognitive functioning in order to adapt to the changing demands of a life situation.

Research has now shown that human neural pathways can be rewired and transformed; regardless of a person’s age or the presence of intellectual challenges such as Down syndrome and Autism. Neuroimaging has now demonstrated that with the right training, dormant learning pathways can be permanently activated. IQ is not fixed. Intelligence can be learned.

This capacity for change is related to two types of human/stimulus interactions that are responsible for the development of differential cognitive functioning and higher mental processes: direct exposure to learning and mediated learning experience.

While many people can learn tasks from “direct exposure”, they don’t necessarily understand the thought or reasoning behind it and are unable to later duplicate the process when similar problems again arise. However Mediated Learning helps children and adults develop those needed critical thinking skills and strategies, like comparing and contrasting or curbing and impulsivity. Most importantly however, with mediation they learn how to learn.

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