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JTA gets ministry backing for neuroscience thrust

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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 Wednesday, 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 neuro-science 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.

reorganise timetables

Pinnock said it was hoped that discussions between the participants would cause educators to skillfully organise their timetables in ways that would 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 culminates with brain development," she said.