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Issue 18.1

PDT Special Issue 18.1: Unlocking Learning Potential - Feuerstein’s Legacy

In this special issue, leading experts from around the world explore the work of Reuven Feuerstein and its transforming benefits for children, teachers and families. Download for free.

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24/11/2015
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PDT 18.1 Cover - Special edition: Feuerstein's legacy

PDT 18.1 Cover - Special edition: Feuerstein's legacy

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01/12/2015
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PDT 18.1 Preface - Encountering Feuerstein

For many people, Reuven Feuerstein was one of our era's greatest educational thinkers. Howard Sharron introduces this special commemorative edition of Professional Development Today with a reflection on the impact observing the man in action had on his understanding of learning.

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01/12/2015
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PDT 18.1 Contents

What's in this issue? Plus, meet the contributors to this very special edition.

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01/12/2015
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PDT 18.1 Editorial: Unlocking learning potential – The Feuerstein Legacy

Professor Reuven Feuerstein, clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist, died last year in Jerusalem, aged93. This special issue of Professional Development Today is to honour the memory and work of the man and his dedicated team of collaborators, colleagues and students around the world. Judy Silver and Graham Handscomb provide an introduction.

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01/12/2015
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Feuerstein’s Legacy - the relevance of Feuerstein to practitioners today

Judy Silver provides a comprehensive guide to the historical origins of Feuerstein’s work, and explains his key ideas and programmes. She shows how his thinking is grounded in a deep understanding of humanity and is still of profound relevance to the modern educational world and to contemporary society.

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01/12/2015
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Creative learning, assessment and connecting with Feuerstein

Anne-Theresa Lawrie explores the potentially dynamic relationship between Assessment for Learning and Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience and how together they ensure learning is placed at the heart of the curriculum.

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01/12/2015
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Dynamic assessment!

How do we identify gifted children and what factors contribute to our understanding of giftedness Maria Dolores Calero explains through her review of developments of Feuerstein Theory.

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01/12/2015
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Thinking journeys in the classroom – the power of uncertainty and mediation

Yaron Schur examines the emotional processes at the heart of learning and explores how the Thinking Journey approach, based on Feuerstein’s ideas, can make learning meaningful to children and help transform teaching.

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01/12/2015
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Pedagogy of Confidence – applying Feuerstein’s Theory to dispel the colour achievement gap myth

Yvette Jackson confronts the low expectations of students of colour which she sees as endemic in the United States. She shows how Feuerstein’s Thinking can inspire high intellectual performances and transform learning.

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01/12/2015
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Learning how to learn

Anne-Theresa Lawrie describes how Feuerstein’s programmes have been explored by schools in the Scottish Borders and in particular examines the teacher training dimension.

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01/12/2015
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Closing the achievement gap in Ulster

The golden rule of thinking skills programmes is to ‘turn-round’ children with learning difficulties. Kate O’ Hanlon’s long-term study shows that Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment can allow ‘no-hopers’ to achieve surprising GCSE results.

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01/12/2015
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A mediational approach to family-centered care

Abraham Salinas-Miranda, Shawna Green and Martha Coulter sound a call to action for improving family centred care programmes using a mediational approach based on the work of Feuerstein.

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01/12/2015
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Learning to look and looking to learn

Cynthia Pelman describes a cognitive education programme for young children in deprived township communities in South Africa, drawing on Feuerstein’s ideas for cognitive development.

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01/12/2015
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No natural limits! - Enhancing language development in children with Down Syndrome

Sari Alony and Alex Kozulin explain that the potential of children with Down’s Syndrome is being severely underestimated. They describe their research in using Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) and how this led to significant progress in the children’s language development. They reflect on what this can mean particularly in the context of mainstream classrooms and on the implications for professional development.

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01/12/2015
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Liberating all children to gain a deeper understanding of the world

Roman Gouzman and Judy Silver describe how Feuerstein’s methods can be applied not just to the blind and visually impaired but also to other learners. Through the use of a tactile-kinesthetic approach cognitive functions are enhanced, guiding learners towards a clear and ordered perception of the world.

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01/12/2015
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