IACESA Statement

IACESA is the first and leading non-profit, multi-professional association in South Africa that promotes the purposeful development of effective thinking as a life skill and academic skill. To achieve its goal (the intentional enhancement of thinking skills) and maintain its standards IACESA collaborates with the Cognitive Education Research Group (Optentia Research Focus Area), NWU, Vaal Triangle Campus, and with other higher education based research initiatives.

The Association intends to:

•Inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in all contexts, by providing access to sound and accredited training in Cognitive Education via the Short Learning Programme (NQF Level 6) and in other ways.

•Advance the widespread provision and publication of sound research-based information about improving the quality of thinking during teaching, learning and assessment in formal, informal and non-formal contexts to achieve immediate and lasting changes in individuals.

•Motivate and empower individuals to commit to ongoing improvement regarding the explicit nurturing of thinking during teaching, learning and assessment, in which the principles of mediated learning are foundational.

•Take a firm stand about promoting a unique, practical, whole school, multi-level (formal, informal, non-formal contexts), and multi-professional approach (parents, teachers, therapists, psychologists, practitioners, labour market) to teaching and assessing for thinking that takes into account the South African context.

•Create opportunities for consultation, continuing professional development and networking to advance and support the effective teaching and assessment of thinking.

•Promote the widespread recognition of breakthroughs in our understanding of how to teach thinking explicitly.

•Lobby and work in partnership with a variety of stakeholders such as the DoE, and Umalusi to create a more informed public – one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of cognitive education.

•Grow and expand the Association to empower younger members/future leaders who will continue to promote the ideals of cognitive education in a dynamic and pro-active way.

•Take a caring stance towards acknowledging and maintaining the cognitive needs of the elderly.