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Welcome to the Caribbean Mind Brain and Education Website

The Summer Institute Connecting Mind, Brain and Education will be held in Barbados to expose relevant persons in the Caribbean to recent efforts by Professor Kurt Fischer, and his team to improve education using some of the latest cutting-edge neuroscience techniques. Kurt Fischer, who is a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and a leading expert in this field, is seeking to create an opportunity to bring together some of the Region's best minds in education to share information that can only positively influence education in the Caribbean.

The motivation for this conference in the Caribbean is rooted in an interest in exposing the Region to the latest approaches to education that can radically reposition their education system to enhance its outcomes. The genesis of these efforts is exemplified by the following quote:

 

“After two decades in pioneering work in brain research, the education community has started to realize that ‘understanding the brain’ can help open new pathways to improve education research, policies, and practice.”

 

Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science.Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (2007). Paris, France: OECD Publications. pp 13.

 

The efforts to realize this conference are further motivated by the fact that it is increasingly being recognized that mankind’s greatest natural resource is mankind. Yet, is this being capitalized on? Do the current education systems deliver on the promise and potential that exists in the Region’s communities? Is the Region content to continue to educate its students in the same way that they have been for the last hundred years despite recent developments in Cognitive Science, Neuro-science, and Education? This institute presents leaders in Education, Cognitive Science, and Neuro-Science who will deliver information and lead discussions in these areas of cutting edge research. Participants will be exposed to some of the most recent international research and will discuss how this work can be used to develop a research program tailored to the unique needs of Caribbean nations, addressing the most pressing educational issues and building capacity to maximize the potential, promise, and human capital with which the people of the Region has been entrusted.

The target audience for MBE:

  •         Educators (primary, secondary, tertiary, including technical, special and vocational Educators),
  •         Evaluators (persons involved in student testing / assessment),
  •         Education Researchers,
  •         Education students,
  •         Neurologists and other Medical Practitioners,
  •         Education Administrators,
  •         Policy Makers,
  •         Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs), and
  •         Teachers Unions