MEDIATED LEARNING EXPERIENCE (MLE):
Jean Piaget, a former tutor of Feuerstein, argued that, through time, people learn simply through direct exposure to the environment. Professor Feuerstein disagrees. Young people (especially those with learning difficulties), need someone (a parent, teacher, coach, etc) to intervene and stimulate their capacity to understand, learn from and shape their environment. Feuerstein calls this person a 'Mediator' and the process of mediation he calls Mediated Learning Experience (MLE).
This process is
central to his approach, being regarded as exclusively providing the
condition which is both necessary and sufficient for bringing about
Mediation for Intentionality and Reciprocity:
Clear communication of purpose by mediator in performing a task; engagement of the pupil's willing cooperation in the task and its purpose.
Mediation for Transcendence:
Moving the pupil from a focus on the immediate task, eliciting cognitive functions, principles and strategies which apply in different and broader contexts.
Causing the pupil to see the importance of learning and thinking skills, principles and issues. The student's practical identification with these principles is achieved, for example, by relating them to broad social goals and to the student's personal goals and values.
Ensuring that the pupil knows when and how he or she is learning well and is successfully mastering a task; encouraging self- belief as a consequence.
Mediation for Regulation and Control of Behaviour:
Helping the pupil to internalise constructive and efficient patterns of learning behaviour suited to the needs of the task or environment.
Developing sensitivity to others' views and opinions; encouraging inclusive behaviour.
Acknowledging people's need to view themselves as separate entities; treating them with respect, encouraging them to take responsibility for actions and decisions.
Mediation for Goal-seeking behaviour:
Developing and encouraging the capacity to defer immediate gratification; to consider the longer term and plan for the future; to shape life through goals rather than be shaped by the immediate situation.
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