The development of a child’s thinking processes depends heavily on interaction between adults and children in which the adult interprets the world to the child in a meaningful way and reflects back the child’s responses. Through the Mediated Learning Experience, all children can learn to actualize their potential.
The mediational teacher (or parent) helps the learner to recognize the thinking processes that go into solving a problem. The learner is then challenged to consider more efficient ways to arrive at a solution. The teacher’s questioning procedures help the learner become aware of the rules and structures that underlie effective problem-solving. In addition, the teacher’s mediations encourage the learner to identify other situations in life when the same kinds of problem-solving strategies are used. This assists the learner to generalize newly discovered skills to other areas of academic studies and everyday life.