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  • The Ministry of Education has given its full support to the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), in its quest to explore the principles of neuroscience, in a bid to aid the teaching-learning process in the island’s educational institutions.
  • Speaking at the JTA’s 2015 Education Conference at the Hilton Hotel, in Montego Bay, St. James, on April 8, Director of the Ministry’s Western Regional Office, Dr. Michelle Pinnock, commended the JTA for its focus on the value of brain-based education.
  • The Director added that while the Ministry continues to review school curricula, it remains committed to ensuring that there is more focus on developing reasoning and critical thinking skills among students.

The Ministry of Education has given its full support to the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), in its quest to explore the principles of neuroscience, in a bid to aid the teaching-learning process in the island’s educational institutions.

Speaking at the JTA’s 2015 Education Conference at the Hilton Hotel, in Montego Bay, St. James, on April 8, Director of the Ministry’s Western Regional Office, Dr. Michelle Pinnock, commended the JTA for its focus on the value of brain-based education.

“As we explore the phenomenon of neuroscience and discuss how its principles can be incorporated into our education system, we at the Ministry welcome innovations, especially those relating to how schools can better organise (themselves), in a bid to ensure that students maximise their potential,” she said.

The Director added that while the Ministry continues to review school curricula, it remains committed to ensuring that there is more focus on developing reasoning and critical thinking skills among students.

Representing Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Dr. Pinnock said it is hoped that discussions between the participants will cause educators to skilfully organise their timetables in ways that will result in learners remaining focused.

“We have to ensure that in the writing of our new Primary curriculum, we promote the concept of chunking content, in a bid to enhance long-term memory. I am sure that this conference will re-enforce the fact that such a programme positively culminate with brain development,” she said.

Dr. Pinnock urged participants to continue discussing the points raised during the sessions. “We challenge you that as we understand how conditions can influence brain functions, we begin to discuss and share information on how schools can begin to minimise the socio-economic inequalities. Let’s share the successful programmes and initiatives,” the Director added.

The three-day conference, which is being attended by members of the JTA from across the island, is being held under the theme: ‘Reaching every learner: Understanding the brain – new insights on learning and brain development’.