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The art of cognitive bricklaying is a Course

The art of cognitive bricklaying

Mar 4 - Mar 5, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 5 March 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


This learning event is right for you if you are a teacher, therapist, parent or psychologist wanting to know more about cognitive functions and the Feuerstein Method


For the past seven years, master trainers have been conducting a range of Feuerstein courses at Independent Schools Victoria. Reuven Feuerstein was a clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist who was known for his theory that ‘intelligence is not fixed but modifiable’. These courses revolve around ‘metacognition’, teaching students to think about their own thinking and to act upon what they conclude in this thinking.

This one-day learning event will examine Feuerstein’s cognitive functions necessary for lifelong learning and achievement. The style of teaching, termed mediation, essential for successful outcomes, will also be highlighted.

The Feuerstein Method is rooted in the knowledge and the belief, affirmed by the notion of neuroplasticity, that human beings are modifiable, and that anyone is capable of vastly improving his or her intellectual capabilities. This one-day seminar builds on this testimonial.

Key takeaways                

  • understanding Feuerstein’s cognitive functions and mediation
  • ways to motivate and strengthen specific ways of thinking in learners and to build their thinking habits and solve problems
  • strategies to aid the transfer of important learning skills to other curriculum areas
  • methods to enhance the cognitive abilities among children and adults with specific learning disorders.

Presenter information

Diane Bourke

Diane Bourke is a Project Manager at Independent Schools Victoria, after a long career as Head of Junior School. She has a passion for reading and learning, and strongly believes that a great teacher is one who never stops the quest for learning. Diane is a Program Advisor for the Junior Great Books series, Kindergarten to Year 1 program, in the United States of America, and both a Principal as Literacy Leader and Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Basic trainer. She has also had a long association with the Reggio Emilia Approach in Australia. 

Nikki Maguire

Nikki Maguire is an experienced educator, consultant  and presenter in primary, secondary and tertiary education across Independent, government and Catholic sectors. She has a passion for the science of learning and inclusive education practices. Nikki has a Masters in Inclusive Education and is a certified International Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment trainer and facilitator, as well as an experienced Dynamic Assessment practitioner. She has worked in learning enhancement, academic coaching, wellbeing and school strategic planning and programme design and delivery.