The Learning Potential
Potential Assessment Device (LPAD) is a dynamic cognitive assessment designed
to evaluate the modifiability of the student. The LPAD assesses the students
capacity to change his or her cognitive structures by means of learning.
The LPAD does not measure individual performance by comparing it to accepted
norms, but rather assesses the persons learning potential. The results
of LPAD assessment provide information about the persons learning
capacities and possible achievements in the future and can lead to recommendations
on how to realize them. The LPAD battery includes 15 series of tasks aimed
at assessing students ability to modify their perception, memory,
attention, logical reasoning and problem solving.
other uses, the LPAD has been used to help students who were labeled as
learning disabled or even mentally retarded and placed into special education
settings. The LPAD revealed such students true learning potential
and provided information that could lead to their successful integration
into regular classrooms.
Enrichment (IE) is a cognitive intervention method designed to turn individuals
into independent learners. It can help generate the cognitive prerequisitesfor
effective learning. The IE program has 14 booklets of paper-and-penciltasks
covering such areas as comparisons, classifications, analytic perception,spatial
and temporal relationships, and syllogisms. Cognitive principles taught
in the IE program are then bridged to different content areas.
The IE program has been applied with various populations of learners,
from children with learning difficulties, to gifted students, to adult
workers employed by industrial companies. A Braille version of the IE
instruments is available for blind learners.
The IE program
has been translated into all major European and some Asian languages and
is applied in more than 40 countries worldwide. The theoretical and applied
aspects of Dr.Feuersteins work have resulted in a large number of
experimental, educational, clinical and industry-based studies. Approximately
1,500 articles and 40 books dealing with these studies have been published.