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This issue of CDTL Brief presents the second instalment of Research Projects done by a group of PDP-T (Professional Development Programme-Teaching) participants in April 2003.

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Personal Observations of Student-centred Learning: The Laboratory Experience
Dr Adrian Michael Lee
Department of Chemistry
In 1923, the respected biochemist and philosopher of science Haldane stated, “It is the whole business of the university teacher to induce people to think1” The laboratory class is a marvellous medium to encourage this and to help students construct knowledge. Continue reading

Learning and Coping as Dental Students
Assistant Professor Soh Jen & Assistant Professor Rashid Tahir
Department of Preventive Dentistry
The Faculty of Dentistry provides a four-year undergraduate dental course leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. The selection of candidates for the course is stringent and those seeking admission require good grades in Chemistry, either Biology or Physics, and a third subject at the Singapore-Cambridge ‘A’ levels General Certificate of Examination. Continue reading

Decoding the DNA of NUS Students: A Survey of Student Learning Habits
Assistant Professor R. Ayesha Ali Assistant Professor David Hsu Assistant Professor Ng Szu Hui Dr Seow Teck Keong
Department of Statistics & Applied Probability Department of Computer Science Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering Department of Biological Sciences
One key thrust of NUS is to provide quality education and foster a community that is passionate about learning and discovery. Continue reading

The Role of Proper Questions
Dr Wang Wenge
Department of Physics
The problem I was interested in exploring was the influence of different kinds of questions on the students’ behaviour. By carrying out an investigation, I obtained some understanding of how to encourage students to think critically and ask their own questions. Continue reading