Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment
In 2017 Lincoln Primary School will be running the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment programme across year levels 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The Feuerstein approach to the teaching of thinking is highly regarded internationally as an effective programme for a wide range of learners. There have been over 3000 peer reviewed and published research articles in New Zealand and in the international arena that demonstrate positive effects on student achievement. Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is a classroom programme designed to enhance the cognitive functions necessary for academic learning and achievement. The fundamental assumption of the program, based on the theory and research by Professor Reuven Feuerstein, is that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. Therefore, the programme seeks to correct deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills, provide students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations, and techniques necessary to become independent learners and to help students learn how to learn.
We decided to make this programme available to more year levels after the successes experienced in 2016. The feedback from the teachers, students and parents involved was extremely positive.The changes in our student’s own perceptions of themselves as learners was remarkable, they began to demonstrate increased confidence to take risks within their learning and problem solve and developed the ability to talk about their own thinking and learning.
At Lincoln Primary we now have twelve trained FIE teachers. Year 3 students take part in five Basic 1 instruments. In Years 5-8 the students take part in two Standard 1 instruments. In all of these year levels FIE is timetabled 3-4 times a week and is bridged into learning throughout the day. The number of instruments covered in Years 5-8 is less due to the more complex nature of these instruments. The students in all year levels also participate in activities outside of the instruments which reinforce their understanding of key cognitive functions. This year we will continue to monitor student achievement of the year levels involved and to administer an independent assessment in Syndicate Four that will assess abstract thinking and curriculum knowledge in literacy and numeracy.
If you have any questions about the programme please feel free to contact us or if you would like to learn more about the programme we have attached the following links...