Instrumental Enrichment (FIE)

Problems with academic subjects – such as math, literature, history, and science – are frequently unrelated to the subject matter itself. Information is often misprocessed at the input stage, meaning that an error on a math problem may have nothing to do with math, but rather a difficulty in paying attention to two sources of information at once.  An inability to write an essay could likewise be unrelated to poor writing aptitude, but rather a failure in the writers planning function. This phenomena leads to achievement gaps, which keep growing because the root of the problem – learning ability gaps – continues to go unaddressed in standard curricula.

FIE aims to close learning gaps, helping learners to avoid mistakes by enhancing their learning skills.  Students are taught new ways of thinking by completing tasks in areas such as comparison, classification, analysis and synthesis, orientation in space and time, and hypothetical reasoning. Armed with these new strategies for examining problems, learners then “bridge” these new strategies to curricular subjects and problem solve in their everyday lives. With the acquisition of new concepts, cognitive operations, and metacognition skills, come increased motivation for learning, self-regulation and a shift in attitude… transforming a passive learner into an active one with a positive outlook!

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The FIE Instruments 

Instrumental Enrichment is a process-oriented cognitive intervention program. Consisting of 14 specially designed instruments or ‘tools,’ FIE is a series of pencil-and-paper tasks that may be mediated in a classroom, group or individual setting. Each series focuses on different cognitive skills, creating systematic, persistent and structured conditions to engage students in problem solving by developing their ability to understand and elaborate information.

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