What is Instrumental Enrichment (IE)?
The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment programme (IE) is a systematic learning programme comprising materials known as Instruments. Instruments are tools to develop effective thinking and problem solving, hence the Instrumental Enrichment name. IE is often described as a content free programme: it is not aligned with specific subject matter areas or educational topics. Designed for broad application, IE teaches children, adolescents, and adults to become more effective thinkers and problem solvers. IE has been introduced worldwide, and translated into many languages. IE is one of the most thorough and structured thinking skills programmes available. Based on a sound theoretical basis and taught with thoughtful analysis of the learner’s needs, IE materials can become a very useful tool in building the learner’s repertoire of methods and skills, helping people of all ages.
Why teach thinking skills with IE?
IE has been found to help children, adolescents and adults within mainstream education, schools, colleges, and everyday life at home or work. The programme’s thought-provoking activities promote learning and problem-solving skills and lead to the development of important executive functions that many people – children and adults – may not have effectively used or developed. These people include:
- Children and adults with learning difficulties
- Children or adults, including refugees and asylum seekers, who do not achieve their potential due to unfavourable family, social, educational, or cultural circumstances
- Underachieving children or adults who are bright or gifted
- Children or adults who struggle with learning and working due to emotional difficulties
- The elderly and other clients who have experienced brain trauma or injury, or are at risk of cognitive decline.
What are the goals of IE?
Teach the receptive and expressive language skills, needed to observe and describe objects, concepts, events, and relationships
Form better thinking habits and collecting information systematically
Encourage interest in learning and venturing beyond the learner’s comfort zone.
Promote an active search for information in place of waiting passively
Improve reflective thinking and insight (metacognition)
Learn how to respond and self-regulate appropriately
Develop feelings of mastery over problem solving and decision-making
Strengthen learning motivation