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In this unique collaboration, the authors bring to life the theory of mediated learning. Through numerous examples and scenarios from classrooms and museums, they show how mediated learning helps children to become more effective learners. Readers learn the steps in the process, including analyzing the child's problem, teaching the child to focus on the difficulty, and using the techniques of mediated learning to enable the child to overcome the learning challenge. This is the first book to present Feuerstein's groundbreaking work in accessible language with copious examples of practice. With this volume, educators and administrators will have a reliable and practical way to understand the place of mediated learning in today's schools.
Reuven Feuerstein is a psychologist who chairs the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP) that he founded in 1993. His books include Beyond Smarter: Mediated Learning and the Brain's Capacity for Change. Ann Lewin-Benhamfounded and directed the Capital Children's Museum and the Model Early Learning Center in Washington, DC. She is the author of Possible Schools; Powerful Children; Infants and Toddlers at Work; and Twelve Best Practices for Early Education. Daniel Feuerstein, who created the drawings featured in this book, illustrates children's books and educational tools.
Table of Contents
|Mediation: A Brief Description and Examples||p. 1|
|A Word About Deficient Cognitive Functions||p. 2|
|Reading This Book||p. 3|
|Chapter Summaries||p. 4|
|Knowing Your Authors||p. 5|
|Learning Through Mediation||p. 9|
|Museums' Potential to Stimulate Learning||p. 11|
|At a Museum: What Didn't Happen, Why, and Changing It||p. 14|
|Recognizing Myths About Learning||p. 21|
|The Mediated Learning Experience Defined||p. 26|
|Feuerstein: Mediator and Theorist||p. 26|
|Theory of Mediation||p. 30|
|The Three Partners of Mediation||p. 33|
|Essential Aspects of Mediation||p. 38|
|Summary: A Picture of Mediation||p. 42|
|Mediated Learning in Action||p. 44|
|The FIE Programs: An Overview||p. 44|
|FIE Lessons by Mediators||p. 53|
|Summary: Imaginative, Authoritative, and Responsive Teaching||p. 58|
|Expert Mediators||p. 59|
|Mediation in Two Classrooms||p. 60|
|Mediation in an Exhibit||p. 66|
|Four Essential Cognitive Acts||p. 71|
|Acquiring Basic Competencies||p. 71|
|Intersection of Basic Competencies||p. 76|
|Summary: Mediation-The Connecting Link to Learning||p. 85|
|Defining the Effectiveness of Learning Experiences||p. 87|
|The Cognitive Map||p. 87|
|The Thinking Deficiencies Tool||p. 97|
|Two Techniques to Enhance Learning||p. 98|
|The Case for Mediation: Demetria's Story||p. 101|
|Summary: Analytic Observation Tools||p. 102|
|Creative Use of Effective Exhibits||p. 103|
|Learning from Rich Experiences||p. 103|
|Providing Conflict-Producing Ideas||p. 111|
|Appealing to Multiple Intelligences||p. 114|
|Summary: Mediating Exhibits||p. 117|
|More Essential Cognitive Acts||p. 118|
|Acquiring New Skills||p. 121|
|Mastering Varied Modalities||p. 122|
|Complex Thinking Acts||p. 129|
|Museums' Abundant Experiences||p. 131|
|Summary: Mediating for Complexity||p. 132|
|Blue Sky Partnerships||p. 133|
|Beliefs About Learning||p. 133|
|Adult Interventions||p. 138|
|Museums as Partners||p. 140|
|"What If Ideas||p. 143|
|Emily's Story: Mother as Mediator||p. 147|
|Summary: Museums as Learning Centers||p. 148|
|Enlarging the Cognitive Repertoire||p. 149|
|Stereognostic (Hand/Vision) Experiencees||p. 166|
|Summary: Challenging Designs||p. 168|
|Stretching the Brain to Make Learning Happen||p. 170|
|Summary: Four Interrelated Factors in Learning||p. 177|
|Moving from Concrete to Abstract Thinking||p. 177|
|The Brain and Learning||p. 182|
|Summary: When We Think and Learn||p. 185|
|After Words||p. 189|
|For Teachers||p. 189|
|Questions to Ask of Exhibits||p. 194|
|Summary Prepare, Question, Discuss||p. 198|
|Understanding Exhibit Design||p. 198|
|Summary: Bringing Learning Home||p. 201|
|List of Deficient Cognitive Functions||p. 203|
|Children with Learning Challenges: Notes for Parents and Exhibit Designers||p. 205|
|About the Authors||p. 219|
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