The Learning Potential Assessment Device
(LPAD) and Instrumental Enrichment (IE)



The Learning Potential Assessment Device

The Learning Potential Assessment Device (LPAD) is a dynamic cognitive assessment designed to evaluate the modifiability of the student. The LPAD assesses the student’s 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 person’s learning potential. The results of LPAD assessment provide information about the person’s 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.

Among its 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 student’s true learning potential and provided information that could lead to their successful integration into regular classrooms.

Instrumental Enrichment

Instrumental 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.Feuerstein’s 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.

 

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