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As part of the research project carried out by Professor Donald Green of Yale University, the following hypothesis was tested: The study of Mind Lab strategies and thinking concepts improves children’s “language of thinking.”
At the start of the process, the children’s language of thinking was measured by using a list of “thinking-concepts”. The children were required to choose the most suitable definition for concepts such as: decision, goal, planning, problem, process. The research group – deliberately composed of children whose scholastic abilities had been assessed as weak – took part in a weekly lesson of the Mind Lab Method for a three-month period. For an identical period, the control group was exposed to the same thinking games but did not participate in a reflective post-game discussion, which is an essential part of the Mind Lab Method.
At the end of the three-month period, the thinking language of the children in both groups was measured again using the list of thinking concepts employed in the first test. The results astounded the principles of one of the schools in which the research was conducted. “As a result of these findings, I have decided to include the Mind Lab lessons in the curriculum of all the classes in my school.”
The three main conclusions of this research project are:
1. The learning of Mind Lab strategic and thinking concepts enriches and elaborates children’s thinking skills and considerably enhances their language skills.
2. The control-group children, whose participation was limited to the playing of thinking games tended to improve their language of thinking although to a lesser extent than those children who took part in the Mind Lab post-game reflective discussion.
3. The Mind Lab Method is especially effective among children with weak scholastic achievements. Professor Donald Green of Yale University metaphorically referred to the Mind Lab Method as one that uncovers “diamonds in the rough” and then polishes them.
“On the basis of these results, I strongly urge the continuation and development of this line of experiments. The question of how to improve strategic reasoning abilities has all but escaped rigorous scientific attention, and this research project promises to make important and useful contributions to knowledge.”
Professor Donald Green (Yale University, USA)
Findings of the studies to date demonstrate a strong positive influence exerted by the Mind Lab Method on children’s scholastic achievements in general, and particularly in the fields of mathematical and language skills. Additional research projects are planned for the coming years in an effort to further evaluate and augment the Mind Lab Method.