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With my arachnology colleagues in the field: Joseph Koh, Joanna Yeo, James Koh and Chris Ang at Pulau Ubin, Singapore
Assisting the transition, we focused on strategies to awaken childish curiosity about everything. This radically differs from lecture-driving learning, in that uncertainties are resolved via memorization and curiosity is often suppressed by peers or faculty. Addressing uncertainties, whether in the classroom or at the bedside requires curiosity, good problem solving and critical thinking skills. These skills form part of the foundation of our program.
The Duke-NUS Medical School has no formal lectures. Sandy Cook engineered our team-based learning (TeamLEAD), learning from each other. Deciding what content to master was biased toward what we use 80% of the time in order to minimize exposure to the forgetting process. We added search skills to the list of core competencies that one must master. Our goal was to exchange learning soon-forgotten concepts for curiosity-driven learning. Our delivery of learning resources was via USB disk, to reduce dependence on the Internet. Our learning resources consisted of video, powerpoint presentations, voice annotated powerpoints (video play lists) and pdf documents. We enabled students to build a personalized learning-flow, playlists of resources they harvest from our libraries as well as from the Internet. The new Duke-NUS Medical School is a great laboratory for exploring learning as imparted by my dad and Gene Stead.
Now with retirement, I am fully engaged in chasing curiosity with friends and family and subjecting myself to weekly (sometimes daily) nature therapy sessions, a well known remedy for Singapore's too-many-people. Spider therapy transcripts are available in my photo essays, where I reveal what others frequently do not see (because they have not enabled their curious eyes and learned to focus their curiosity).
C. Frank Starmer