The Training Experience of IRRSAE-ER to Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment: Consequences for Teacher Professionalism


  • Paola Vanini IRRSAE-Emilia Romagna,



Teacher training, Teacher professionalism, Mediated Learning Experience, Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment, Feuerstein method


This contribution shows how in 1998 IRRSAE first, then IRRE-Emilia Romagna later, became the first public authorized training centre of the Feuerstein methods in Italy. Next, it highlights the theoretical basis of the Feuerstein method, from the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability to the theory of Mediated Learning Experience, as well as the applied approaches - Dynamic Assessment and Instrumental Enrichment, in the standard and basic versions. In the light of hundreds of satisfaction questionnaires filled by teachers during the 11 years of the training activities of IRRSAE/IRRE-ER on the Feuerstein methods, this paper hypothesizes the advantages for teachers not only for their professionalism but also in terms of the relational, socio affective, cognitive, methodological, and didactical spheres. These advantages have had positive effects on the educational relationship between them and the students, on the students’ learning as well as on the classroom instructional climate. The article presents some instruments and concepts that the Feuerstein method offers such as mediation criteria, the phases of the lesson, and the cognitive map. Eventually this paper argues that the most important consequence of these applications was a renewed trust in teachers that they could bring about change in their students, even in the most difficult and deprived learners.


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