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Mediated Learning
Teaching, Tasks, and Tools to Unlock Cognitive Potential

Second Edition

Foreword by Reuven Feuerstein



© 2008 | 272 pages | Corwin

"A practical primer par excellence for teachers who want to implement the principles of Reuven Feuerstein's Mediated Learning Experience. A multitude of easy-to-implement suggestions empowers teachers to transform even the most challenged students into more effective thinkers and learners."
—James Bellanca, Chief Executive Officer
International Renewal Institute, Inc.

"Teachers are often told to improve students' problem-solving abilities. This is a book that explains HOW, teaching the practitioner to recognize dysfunctions in cognition and providing strategies to help students become independent learners."
—Lauren Mittermann, Social Studies Teacher
Gibraltar Middle School, Fish Creek, WI

Develop your students' abilities to think and learn more effectively!

All individuals have the potential to change and learn. Using Reuven Feuerstein's theory that educators can enhance intelligence and change the way students think with the right kind of intervention, the authors provide teachers and counselors with practical strategies to help at-risk students develop cognitive skills and become more effective thinkers and learners. In the second edition, readers will find an expanded discussion of mediated learning, explanations and applications of the Cognitive Map and Structured Cognitive Modifiability, and reflective activities for the educator.

Through case studies and in-depth coverage of metacognition, metalearning, metateaching, and metatasking, this user-friendly resource shows educators how they can:

  • Analyze learners' cognitive skills
  • Modify tasks to advance learning
  • Promote the use of effective thinking skills
  • Encourage autonomous learning

Mediated Learning, Second Edition, offers highly effective intervention techniques to increase student motivation, improve students' problem-solving skills, and strengthen their thinking processes.

 
Foreword by Reuven Feuerstein
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Publisher's Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Metalearning: Structural Cognitive Modifiability
 
1. Unlocking Cognitive Potential
 
Part II. Metateaching: Mediated Learning Experience
 
2. Intentionality and Reciprocity
 
3. Meaning
 
4. Transcendence
 
5. Competence
 
6. Self-Regulation and Control of Behavior
 
7. Sharing
 
8. Individuation
 
9. Goal Planning
 
10. Challenge
 
11. Self-Change
 
12. Search for the Optimistic Alternative
 
13. Sense of Belonging
 
Part III. Metacognition: Cognitive Functions and Dysfunctions
 
14. Input
 
15. Elaboration
 
16. Output
 
Part IV. Metatask: Cognitive Map
 
17. Analyzing the Task
 
Resource A: Answers to Work Pages
 
Resource B: Rating Scale
 
Resource C: Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Teachers are often told to improve students' problem-solving abilities, but this is a book that explains HOW a teacher can go about that task. The authors teach the practitioner how to recognize dysfunctions in cognition, and provide strategies for helping students become independent learners."

Lauren Mittermann, Social Studies Teacher
Gibraltar Middle School, Fish Creek, WI

"A practical primer par excellence for teachers who want to implement the principles of Reuven Feuerstein's Mediated Learning Experience. A multitude of easy-to-implement suggestions for the use of Mediated Learning empowers teachers to transform even the most challenged students into more effective thinkers and learners."

James Bellanca, Chief Executive Officer
International Renewal Institute, Inc.

"Offers a host of important intervention techniques to increase student motivation and improve problem-solving skills, and is a recommended pick for any college-level teaching or education collection. The inclusion of worksheets makes for a practical resource, offering reproducible fill-in checkpoints for success."

The Bookwatch, October 2007
Key features

Features:

  • Four sections covering meta-cognition, meta-learning, meta-teaching, and meta-tasking
  • Packed with specific, practical strategies and suggestions
  • Offers numerous case studies and examples
  • Includes reflective activity pages for the reader's use

Benefits:

  • Develops a belief in the ability to increase cognition and learning
  • Shows how to analyze students' cognitive skills
  • Helps teaches modify tasks to promote learning
  • Promotes the use of effective thinking skills
  • Encourages autonomous learning