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Instrumental Enrichment (IE) is a cognitive intervention program which can be applied in a one-on-one setting or in the classroom. For individuals with special needs, IE is used as a remediation program while higher functioning learners utilize the program as an enrichment tool. To date, the IE program has been successfully used in the following frameworks:
IE used as part of a classroom curriculum is aimed at enhancing students’ cognitive functions necessary for academic learning and achievement. The fundamental assumption of the program, based on the theories of Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning Experience, is that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. Thus, the IE program seeks to correct deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills by providing students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations and techniques necessary to function as independent learners, increase their motivation, develops metacognition, and helps them “learn how to learn.”
The IE materials are organized into 14 instruments, comprised of paper and pencil tasks aimed at specific cognitive domain such as analytic perception, orientation in space and time, comparison, classification, and more. Deliberately free of specific subject matter, the IE tasks are intended to be more readily transferable to all educational and everyday life situations. The IE materials and teacher manuals have received worldwide recognition and have been translated into 17 languages including all major European and some Asian languages. In addition, there is a Braille version of IE tools for blind learners.
IE is the most researched of the various cognitive intervention programs. A complete bibliography of IE research includes hundreds of books, articles, reports, and doctoral dissertations.
IE training is offered in two formats: