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In this issue of CDTL Brief on Research and Classroom Practices, NUS colleagues discuss ways of student engagement across various disciplines in the University.

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August 2009, Vol. 12 No. 4 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Action Research in Teaching
Dr Grace Wong
Department of Real Estate

Action research is a systematic and structured selfreflective inquiry or a small-scale intervention in the functioning of a real world social situation, with a view to understand and improve the teaching of decision-making in classrooms. Continue reading



Major Challenges Instructors Face in Teaching Undergraduate Contemporary Life Sciences
Associate Professor Tang Bor Luen and
Assistant Professor Yeong Foong May
Department of Biochemistry

Instructors of life sciences are often confronted with at least two major challenges—how to impart skills such as scientific knowledge enquiry and acquisition, and how to bridge the gap between the practising professional scientist and the student, especially with the rapid and exponential expansion of the scientifi c knowledge base. Continue reading



Small Group Teaching—Get and Give 100% the ‘Old-fashioned’ Way: Perspectives from the Pathology Classroom
Dr Nga Min En
Department of Pathology

Small group teaching is a great opportunity to interact with students, exchange ideas and impart knowledge. With large student cohorts being the norm in the medical faculty (>250 students), we often face a new group each time. Continue reading


Two Strategies to Facilitate Active Learning in Large Classes
Dr Seow Teck Keong
Department of Biological Sciences

Strategies that facilitate active learning are instructional activities that “involve students doing things and thinking about what they are doing” (Bonwell & Eison, 1991). Various strategies and methods that claim to aid active learning have been documented in the literature (Silberman, 1996). Continue reading


Using Short Stories as an Instructional Tool for Teaching Human Anatomy in the Classroom
Dr George W Yip
Department of Anatomy
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Customising Continuous Assessment Exercises
Associate Professor Sing Tien Foo
Department of Real Estate
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