Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Professor Reuven Feuerstein

Iconic beret-wearer Reuven Feuerstein ( August 21, 1921 – April 29, 2014) was an Israeli clinical, developmental, and cognitive psychologist, renowned for his theory of intelligence which states “it is not ‘fixed’, but rather modifiable”. The idea behind this theory is that intelligence can be modified through mediated interventions.
Feuerstein was the founder and director of the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP) in Jerusalem, Israel. For more than 50 years Feuerstein’s theories and applied systems have been implemented in both clinical and classroom settings internationally, with more than 80 countries applying his work.
Feuerstein’s theory on the malleability of intelligence has led to more than 2,000 scientific research studies and countless case studies with various learning populations.
In 1992, Feuerstein was awarded the Israel Prize for Social Sciences and in 2012, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
At his funeral on Wednesday his body lay in the courtyard at the Feuerstein Institute, as he was lauded as a great man whose drive teach special-needs children changed thousands of lives around the world.
“He was the Einstein of education,” said Prof. Pnina Klein of Bar Ilan University, and perhaps that said it all.

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