Singaporean educators are focusing on 21st century competencies that include managing information, solving problems, contributing socially, thinking globally, and acting ethically. Scientific literacy and inquiry are also being emphasized.

In conjunction with the National Institute of Education, two investigative case-based learning workshops will be offered during April 2018.  Each workshop includes two days of interactive experiences including the introduction of resources and case-based pedagogical strategies to support Singapore’s 21st century learners. Participants will have the opportunity to assess learning with cases as well as collaborate to create case scenarios for problem posing and problem solving in the classroom.

Lower Secondary Science 16 – 17 April 2018
Upper Secondary Chemistry    18 – 19 April 2018

Investigative Case Based Learning (ICBL) is a method of teaching and learning that uses a case (a short story or scenario) about contemporary topics as the entry point for learners.  During their analysis of a case, students draw upon their prior knowledge and experience and collaboratively generate questions they need to answer in order to further understand the case.  Instructors can then engage students in investigations by using resources in classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, online activities, or the outdoors.

The ICBL method is a variant of other case study methods, particularly Problem Based Learning as was used in medical schools.  ICBL, however, emphasizes investigations and uniquely strengthens students’ abilities to pose questions, work in teams successfully, identify solutions, and present findings. Because of its emphasis on investigation, ICBL is particularly well suited for taking advantage of the wealth of online resources such as simulations, models, global data, research tools, multidisciplinary information, images, animations, visualizations, and collaboration tools.


Dr. Margaret A. Waterman, Southeast Missouri State University email

Dr. Ethel D. Stanley, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium  email

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