Bridging Learning In & Out of the Classroom

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Bridging Learning In & Out of the Classroom shows how the strategies of Feuerstein`s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) program can bridge school, the home, and the community to help students overcome cognitive difficulties.

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Mervyn Skuy is a clinical and educational psychologist who has worked for many years in researching and teaching Feuerstein’s theories and approaches. From 1985 to 2003 he did this within the framework of the Cognitive Research Program, which he established and directed at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. During this time, he was also professor and head of the Division of Specialized Education at that University. He was professor of educational psychology and specialized education at Touro College in New York, and has taught courses in Instrumental Enrichment and Mediated Learning Experience to various organizations and target groups in South Africa, the USA, Israel, Canada, and France. His research has been published in American, British, Canadian, Australian, Dutch, and South African journals and books. He is currently professor emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand and in private practice as a psychologist. He is also a consultant to Feuerstein’s International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP). In this capacity, he is actively engaged in teaching Instrumental Enrichment and in developing programs of study within a project that the ICELP has established in South Africa.

Mandia Mentis is an educational psychologist and senior lecturer in the Special Education and Educational Psychology Programmes at Massey University, New Zealand. She is an accredited trainer of Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) and the Learning Potential Assessment Device (LPAD), having completed her training at the International Centre for Learning Enhancement in Israel under Reuven Feuerstein. Over the past 20 years, she has run Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) workshops with the Cognitive Research Centre in South Africa and with the Australasian Institute for Learning Enhancement in New Zealand. She has contributed extensively to research projects and publications and has co-written and published two books on Mediated Learning and Instrumental Enrichment. Mentis taught at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels and has worked as an educational psychologist in both special and inclusive education settings. Her teaching and research interests include cognitive assessment, teaching for diversity, and e-learning. Her doctoral research focuses on developing effective e-learning communities of practice.

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