Pre conference workshops
COGNITIVE EARLY EDUCATION
Workshop Leader:H. Carl Haywood, Professor of Psychology, emeritus, Vanderbilt University, USA
Dates:Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 26, 27, 28, 2018. Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with lunch break and coffee/tea breaks
Fees:Workshop fee is $200 US, plus materials fee of $125. Materials fee covers a full set of teacher guides for Bright Start: Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children, classroom materials for teaching Bright Start, and a set of articles on topics essential to teaching Bright Start. The fees should be paid to IACEP together with conference registration.
Minimum Enrollment:10 participants.
The workshop is intended for teachers, therapists, psychologists, and others who work with preschool, kindergarten, and primary-grades children, including typically developing children, children with special needs, culturally and linguistically different children (immigrants, ethnic minorities), and children from socially and economic disadvantaged families. It is focused on classroom education with the goal of helping children to develop and apply effective modes of perception, thinking, and learning. Bright Start is a full-year program of cognitive early education that has been applied successfully in at least 13 countries. It complements the regular content-oriented preschool and primary curricula. It consists of 5 components: a theory of early cognitive development, a “mediational” teaching style, 8 cognitive curriculum units with a total of about 170 daily lessons, a behavior management system, and a parent participation component. The workshop introduces all 5 components, with emphasis on mediational teaching, intrinsic motivation, and the 8 curriculum units.
DYNAMIC ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING POTENTIAL
Workshop Leader:David Tzuriel, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Dates:Friday, January 26 and Sunday, January 28, 2018. Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, with lunch break and coffee/tea breaks
Fees:Workshop fee is $150 US. Test Instruments can be purchased separately.
Minimum Enrollment:10 participants
A growing need has emerged in the last two decades for applying dynamic assessment (DA) of learning potential for children, especially since early educational decision may affect them in the future. The focus is on one hand DA of learning potential and on cognitive intervention processes following the assessment. This is an introductory workshop with the following objectives: (A) to present the theoretical foundations of the DA approach especially the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM) and Mediated Learning Experience ( MLE ), (B) to describe the main goals of DA for young children (C) to describe the shifts from standardized testing to DA (D) to present specific mediation strategies in DA and in intervention, (E) to present deficient cognitive functions that act as barriers to thinking and learning, (F) to bridge the DA findings to educational intervention, (G) to present six instruments developed by Tzuriel for young children and children in school.
The Dynamic Assessment Instruments
- The Children's Analogical Thinking Modifiability Test (CATM)
- The Children's Inferential Thinking Modifiability Test (CITM)
- The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention
- The Seriational Thinking Modifiability Test –Revised (CSTM-R)
- The Seria-Think Instrument-Revised, including the Transfer and Mental Rotation phases
Nature of WorkshopThe introductory workshop will be experientially oriented with emphasis on demonstrations (if possible), simulation with participants. It covers testing procedures, scoring methods, interpretation of results and applications for cognitive intervention.
ParticipantsThe workshop is designed for psychologists, educators, preschool professionals, special education, speech pathologists, and resource teachers. The workshop can be conducted based on 25 to 30 participants.
Day 1: Friday, January 26, 2018
8:30-10:45 Dynamic Assessment as an Alternative to Traditional Testing
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Demonstration of DA with Children and Discussion
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Test 1. The Children’s Analogical Thinking Modifiability (CATM) Test
14:30-15:30 Test 2. The Children’s Inferential Thinking Modifiability (CITM) Test
15:45-17:00 Test 3. The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention
Day 2: Sunday January 28, 2018
8:30-10:45 Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) Strategies and Deficient Cognitive Functions
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Test 3. The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention (Continuation)
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Test 5. The Seria-Think Instrument-Revised
14:30-15:30 The Children’s Seriational Thinking Modifiability Test-Revised
15:30-16:30 Integration and Conclusion