What Learning Looks Like

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-04
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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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.

Author Biography

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

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Mediation: A Brief Description and Examplesp. 1
A Word About Deficient Cognitive Functionsp. 2
Reading This Bookp. 3
Chapter Summariesp. 4
Knowing Your Authorsp. 5
Learning Through Mediationp. 9
Museums' Potential to Stimulate Learningp. 11
At a Museum: What Didn't Happen, Why, and Changing Itp. 14
Recognizing Myths About Learningp. 21
The Mediated Learning Experience Definedp. 26
Feuerstein: Mediator and Theoristp. 26
Theory of Mediationp. 30
The Three Partners of Mediationp. 33
Essential Aspects of Mediationp. 38
Summary: A Picture of Mediationp. 42
Mediated Learning in Actionp. 44
The FIE Programs: An Overviewp. 44
FIE Lessons by Mediatorsp. 53
Summary: Imaginative, Authoritative, and Responsive Teachingp. 58
Expert Mediatorsp. 59
Mediation in Two Classroomsp. 60
Mediation in an Exhibitp. 66
Summaryp. 69
Four Essential Cognitive Actsp. 71
Acquiring Basic Competenciesp. 71
Intersection of Basic Competenciesp. 76
Summary: Mediation-The Connecting Link to Learningp. 85
Defining the Effectiveness of Learning Experiencesp. 87
The Cognitive Mapp. 87
The Thinking Deficiencies Toolp. 97
Two Techniques to Enhance Learningp. 98
The Case for Mediation: Demetria's Storyp. 101
Summary: Analytic Observation Toolsp. 102
Creative Use of Effective Exhibitsp. 103
Learning from Rich Experiencesp. 103
Providing Conflict-Producing Ideasp. 111
Appealing to Multiple Intelligencesp. 114
Summary: Mediating Exhibitsp. 117
More Essential Cognitive Actsp. 118
Empathyp. 118
Acquiring New Skillsp. 121
Mastering Varied Modalitiesp. 122
Collaboratingp. 126
Complex Thinking Actsp. 129
Museums' Abundant Experiencesp. 131
Summary: Mediating for Complexityp. 132
Blue Sky Partnershipsp. 133
Beliefs About Learningp. 133
Adult Interventionsp. 138
Museums as Partnersp. 140
"What If Ideasp. 143
Emily's Story: Mother as Mediatorp. 147
Summary: Museums as Learning Centersp. 148
Enlarging the Cognitive Repertoirep. 149
Incongruencep. 153
Repetitionp. 153
Transformationp. 158
Illusionp. 164
Stereognostic (Hand/Vision) Experienceesp. 166
Summary: Challenging Designsp. 168
Stretching the Brain to Make Learning Happenp. 170
Motivationp. 170
Summary: Four Interrelated Factors in Learningp. 177
Moving from Concrete to Abstract Thinkingp. 177
The Brain and Learningp. 182
Summary: When We Think and Learnp. 185
After Wordsp. 189
For Teachersp. 189
Questions to Ask of Exhibitsp. 194
Summary Prepare, Question, Discussp. 198
Understanding Exhibit Designp. 198
Summary: Bringing Learning Homep. 201
List of Deficient Cognitive Functionsp. 203
Children with Learning Challenges: Notes for Parents and Exhibit Designersp. 205
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 213
About the Authorsp. 219
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