FIE, as a classroom curriculum, is aimed at enhancing students’ cognitive functions necessary for academic learning and achievement. The fundamental assumption of the program is that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. The FIE program seeks to correct the deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills, and provides students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations and techniques necessary to function as independent learners, increase their motivation, and develop metacognition – in short, to “learn how to learn.”
Developed in the 1950’s by Professor Reuven Feuerstein, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment program – FIE) has been successfully used as a tool for the enhancement of learning potential.
FIE utilizes a classroom curriculum designed to enhance the cognitive functions necessary for learning and achievement. The fundamental assumption of FIE is that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. The program seeks to:
- Correct deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills
- Provide students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations and techniques necessary to function as independent learners
- Diagnose and help students learn how to learn.
Overall, FIE does not teach a student “what” to think but “how” to think. It provides a language students can use to express themselves. Daily acknowledgment forms enable faculty and students to evaluate behavior, thought processes, decision-making and communication skills. Through the use of FIE, students gain language and knowledge about their cognitive processes that help them make better decisions, in the classroom, in their out-of-school life, and their futures.
To date, the FIE program has been successfully used in the following frameworks:
- Enrichment programs for underachieving, regular and gifted children
- Remedial programs for special needs children
- Cognitive rehabilitation of brain injured individuals and psychiatric patients
- Professional training and retraining programs in the industrial, military and business sectors