Feuerstein's LPAD - Learning Propensity Assessment Device
Feuerstein’s LPAD (Learning Propensity Assessment Device) is cognitive assessment used in a dynamic fashion to determine how an individual thinks and learns. This assessment differs from static assessments, such as IQ tests, in that the assessment seeks to understand an individual’s learning process, rather than measure their current knowledge against that of their peers.
The LPAD uses a test – mediate – retest model, which incorporates learning throughout the process in order to understand the learner’s cognitive functions. Learning is the most important part of the procedure and growth is continually measured against previous performance.
During the administration of fourteen varied tasks in the LPAD, an assessor presents the learner with a variety of tasks to solve. The assessor observes the learner’s progress, taking special note of difficulties and errors. Thereafter, the assessor mediates to the learner, asking questions and teaching different ways to solve the problem.
Mediation could be five minutes or as long as an hour, depending on the learner’s degree of difficulty with the material. The learner is then retested as the assessor observes which of the introduced strategies the learner uses, and how much learning has been retained across new and more challenging tasks.
Who is the LPAD for?
- Educators or clinicians wishing to understand the cognitive makeup of their learners and clients
- Workplaces pursuing new talent, or seeking to identify existing talent