Institute for Mediated Learning
Lexington School's teaching/learning paradigm is a cognitive education model based on Reuven Feuerstein's Mediated Learning Theory.
Reuven Feuerstein Mediated Learning is a socio-cultural theory of development that describes how children develop higher mental thought processes. A significant component of this theory is the quality and quantity of mediated learning experiences (MLE) made available to the developing individual. As a developmental theory it also provides a framework for intervention in helping children "learn how to learn."
Lexington's Institute for Mediated Learning was established in 1992 to create a resource center on Mediated Learning. In conjunction with the development of the Institute came a strong commitment to professional development to facilitate this paradigmatic shift in pedagogy. The director of the institute in collaboration with department supervisors and the Director of Instruction plan and conduct the learning opportunities for all faculty. Workshops focus on developing the theoretical knowledge of mediated learning and its application to the classroom as well as other settings. This work also includes the development of curricula and assessment tools that incorporate the cognitive education framework.
The director of the Institute for Mediated Learning trains and supervises teachers in the Instrumental Enrichment Program (I.E.). I.E. is a cognitive educational program developed by Feuerstein that enhances children's thinking abilities. Through this program, children develop abilities to define problems, determine relationships, and plan and organize their thinking in order to be effective learners in academic, social and practical life situations.
Lexington is an authorized training center for Mediated Learning and Instrumental Enrichment by Feuerstein's International Center for Enhancement of Learning Potential.
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