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Although engaging students in the learning process is a daunting task, it is necessary if we want to teach students thinking skills that will help them to be critical thinkers and independent learners. This issue of CDTL Brief on Engaging Students discusses the importance of engaging students in the process of teaching them thinking skills.

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July 2006, Vol. 9, No. 2 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Teaching Students to Think: A Matter of Engaging Minds
Dr Lakshminarayanan Samavedham
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thinking skills are valued in all fields. Due to my background in engineering, I will motivate the need for incorporating ways to help students acquire and develop thinking skills into our curriculum by highlighting the rapid changes in chemical engineering. Continue reading


Academic Culture Online
Associate Professor John Richardson Professor K.P.Mohanan
Department of English Language and Literature
Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature
Deputy Director, CDTL
For the past two years (AY 2004/2005 and AY 2005/2006), a small team of people has been working on an online 1-MC module (PLG2005 "Plagiarism. NUS") intended to introduce students to academic culture. The module is nearly finished. Continue reading


Thinking Skills: A Discipline-centred Approach
Associate Professor Anjam Kursheed
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Are thinking skills innate or acquired? If they are acquired, what is the most effective way of learning them? Should universities mount general purpose pedagogical courses aimed at teaching students to think creatively and critically? Continue reading