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The Learning Propensity Assessment Device – Revealing Untapped Potential
Feuerstein’s LPAD is a dynamic cognitive assessment used to determine how an individual thinks and learns. Comprised of 14 varied tasks, the LPAD uses a test – mediate – retest model, which incorporates learning throughout the examination in order to decipher the examinee’s cognitive functions. Learning is the most important part of the procedure, as the examinee’s growth is continually measured against their own previous performance.
During the administration of the LPAD, an examiner – called an assessor – presents the learner with various tasks to solve on their own. The examiner observes their progress, noting difficulties and errors. Next, the assessor mediates to the learner, asking questions and teaching different ways to solve the problem. Mediation may be as brief as five minutes or as long as an hour, depending on the learner’s degree of difficulty with the material. The learner is then retested as the assessor observes which methods the learner uses, and how much learning has been retained across new and more challenging tasks. This presents the accessor with a clear understanding of how the examinee thinks and learns, and the most effective way to teach them in order to tap into their latent learning potential. Thus, the LPAD differs from static assessments, such as IQ tests, in that the LPAD seeks to understand an individual’s learning process, rather than measure their current knowledge against that of their peers.
The LPAD exam may be administered either one-on-one or in a group setting. Group LPAD is primarily used when trying to understand the cognitive makeup of a group (such as a classroom of students) or when seeking to identify the most qualified individuals (as in university admissions or the workplace). When conducting a Group LPAD exam, the individuals are scored not only against their own growth but also ranked according to their demonstrated potential.
Who is the LPAD for?
The LPAD-D is a fully digitized version of the LPAD exam. It improves upon the traditional pen-and-paper test battery by removing much of the wait and work. The digital system can score the LPAD test in under five minutes, creating an in-depth Feuerstein Learning Profile for each examinee, highlighting their performance at all three phases of the problem-solving process: Input, Elaboration, and Output. The LPAD-D’s ease of use makes it an ideal solution when assessing large groups of learners at once.