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Diversity in students contributes to the cultural richness of a university and makes it a cosmopolitan community. However, educating a group of heterogeneous students requires teachers to have a clear understanding of the various dimensions of diversity in classrooms and adopt appropriate teaching approaches and materials to cope with the pedagogical challenges of a Heterogeneous Student Body.

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July 2003, Vol. 6, No. 7 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Empowering a Diverse Student Population
Professor Elsie Chan
School of Public Administration
University of Victoria, Canada
Appreciating diversity in classrooms help students increase their knowledge and stretch their thinking; once students are capable of interpreting events through different perspectives, they will be able to think critically and adapt quickly to a variety of situations. Continue reading

Strategies for Achieving ‘Cultural Synergy’ in a Culturally Diverse Student Body
Ms Sheila Trahar
Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
Given the respective definitions of heterogeneity and homogeneity as ‘diverse in character’ and ‘of the same kind’, it becomes difficult to think of any group of people as homogeneous. Who could ever claim that a group of students would be ‘of the same kind’? Continue reading

Coping with a Heterogeneous Student Body
Mr Alan Koh Dr Chung Yuen Kay
Human Resource Specialist
Human Resource Management Unit, NUS
Human Resource Management Unit, NUS
Heterogeneity dots the landscape of tertiary education in a world increasingly defined by cultural diversity. Within the context of a variegated world, there is reason to suppose that today’s students have a seemingly vast array of diverse ideas to pick and choose from when they attempt to forge a life- and world-view. Continue reading

Self-help Material for USP Students
Associate Professor Kang Hway Chuan
University Scholars Programme, NUS
An undergraduate in the University Scholars Programme (USP) takes eight first-tier modules. Of these, one is a compulsory writing module and the other seven, designed to provide breadth to the curriculum, are broadly classified into two domains: Science & Technology (ST) and Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS). Continue reading