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MENSA – NTC SYSTEM OF LEARNING

1ST part – preschool period

It is a fact that the most important period for perceiving abstraction and the initialization of operational (functional) thinking is a period between three and seven years of age. It may, to a lesser degree be extracted to the age of twelve. During that period, very little or nothing at all is undertaken or applied in the stimulation of this important cognitive part for thinking.

Mensa is an organization which gathers people with high IQs (IQ is over 148). One of its main endeavours is the research on and application of intelligence for the betterment of the greater community. Within the Mensa framework, exists a SIG for the gifted called NTC. Long term research has gone into the challenge of improving intellectual abilities, particularly in children.

The author of this program, Dr. Ranko Rajovic, is a long term member of the four-member committee of the International Mensa for gifted children. As he was positioned at the very source of  pertinent information available today and its world wide application, he assembled a team of eminent experts in the fields of pedagogy, neurophysiology, special education, psychology and genetics.

Together, they designed an efficient and simple program with built in capabilities for continuous tracking and assessment, evaluation and infometrics. Some of the advantages of this kind of concept are in its suitability for application to preschool children (aged between 3 and 7), as well as stimulation of the development of intellectual abilities of each child.

The fact is that the human brain develops in children of seven years (over 75%) and in children of twelve years (over 95%) is a strong and valid reason to start with the application of specialized programs as early as possible. It is the responsibility of the society, local community and each parent not to miss this extremely important period in life and to support the development of biological potentials of each child to its maximum.

The application of Mensa-NTC system of learning provides:

  • IQ of all the children in the program is elevated;
  • Any kind of concentration disturbia or attention deficit is prevented; as is dyslexia that might appear later in school life;
  • Development of movement coordination and motor functions;
  • The speed of thinking and making conclusions are developed (functional knowledge);
  • All the children benefit from this program and it is especially valuable in detecting gifted children and improving their talents;
  • All the children benefit from this program and it is especially valuable in detecting gifted children and improving their talents;

METHODOLOGY OF MENSA NTC SYSTEM OF LEARNING

  • The improvement of accommodation-stimulation of eye muscles development
    • Selected games with balls
    • Skipping games
  • The development of movement coordination and motor functions
    • Games involving rotation
    • Games that include skipping
    • Games of pulling through / commando crawl
    • Workshops for subtle motor functions
  • The development of speed in thinking process and drawing conclusions
  • REPRODUCTIVE KNOWLEDGE
  • Exposure to and learning about abstract symbols (flags, traffic signs…)
  • FUNCTIONAL KNOWLEDGE
  • Connecting abstract symbols - 1st level
  • Connecting abstract symbols and logic - 2nd level
  • Method of combining abstract thought and music - 3rd level
  • Brain teaser stories and related questions

Results up to now

A Pilot research was conducted in three kindergartens in Novi Sad and it has conclusively shown that every child who participated gained multiple and multifacetted advantages.

Following a presentation and results within international Mensa, eight European countries have adopted this program and have commenced its application. The Association of Teachers of Serbia has already included specific parts of this program into their obligatory activities for vocational training of our teachers. In Novi Sad, in pre-school institutions 'Radosno detinjstvo' (Happy Childhood - over 14000 registered children) a longitudinal research is being conducted. It will follow children from the age of three to the completion of elementary school. The process of tracking, measuring, analysing and processing of results involves a number of institutions including :- The Faculty of Philosophy, The Department for Pedagogy, The Faculty of Teachers in Sombor and The Academy of Kindergarten Teachers in Vršac.

Team of experts:

1. MENSA

  • Ranko Rajović, MD
  • Uroš Petrović, Senior Associate
  • Ljubomir Kustudić, Senior Associate
  • Prof. Mojca Juriševič, Psychologist (Ljubljana University, Slovenia)
  • Jitka Fortikova, Mensa Czech Republic
  • Natasa Lackovic (Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, UK)

2. The Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, the Department of Pedagogy

  • prof. Olivera Gajić

3. Medical Faculty in Novi Sad

  • Prof. Aleksandar Krstić, Pediatrician, Genetic Engineer
  • Dr Slavica Dautović, Pediatrician, Endocrinologist
  • Prof. Jela Mihaljev, Neurologist

4. The Faculty of Teachers in Sombor

  • Prof. Mirče Berar, Vice Dean of Sciences

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