The Instrumental Enrichment Program developed by Professor Reuven Feuerstein (an internationally renowned Israeli professor of psychology) takes advantage of the brain’s plasticity which is its ability to change and be modified. A central belief of the program is that all people are open to change. By regularly participating in a varied program of thinking tasks (instruments), students are equipped with thinking abilities that include correct perception, accurate and systematic data collection, identifying and defining situations that need a response and solving these problems making rational, well-grounded decisions. By firstly analysing each task, the teacher guides the learning through interaction with the students. An essential component of each lesson is the derivation of a principle which demonstrates the application of the thinking skill to all areas of the student’s life, both in and beyond school. King David students from Years 3 to 8 participate in weekly Instrumental Enrichment lessons, conducted by a trained facilitator.
What is FIE
Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is a classroom curriculum designed to enhance the cognitive functions necessary for academic learning and achievement. The fundamental assumption of the program, based on the theory and research pioneered by Professor Reuven Feuerstein (since the 1950s), is that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. Thus, the program seeks to correct deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills, provide students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations, and techniques necessary to function as independent learners, to diagnose and, and to help students learn how to learn.