IPD2011 – Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL): Teaching Biology in the 21st Century (Upper Secondary / Integrated Programme)

  • The course will introduce teachers to the Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL) approach for teaching science. ICBL uses real world problems as starting places for inquiry in the classroom. ICBL teaching is based on the 3 Ps– problem posing, problem solving and peer persuasion - the actions taken by scientists during investigations. Analyzing and investigating real problems collaboratively in the classroom presents biology in a meaningful and memorable way.

    The use of cases engages students in 21st century competencies including applying concepts to daily life, asking questions, thinking critically, solving problems, communicating, using information technology, and developing global awareness.

  • This course is designed to:

    • Introduce teachers to the ICBL approach for teaching ‘O’ level biology.
    • Illustrate how investigations, models, online resources and demonstrations can be linked to the cases to stimulate inquiry.
    • Demonstrate how using cases helps to develop 21st century competencies.
    • Support teachers in planning the design implementation, and assessment of an ICBL module.
  • In this very active course, participants will engage with several cases and investigations, all of which are aligned to the O-level Biology exam syllabus. Topics may include cells and genetics, osmosis and enzymes, biomolecules, plant & body systems and the environment. Participants will learn how to use cases in the classroom and consider the benefits and challenges of using this approach. Each teacher will receive a copy of Biological Inquiry and other materials. Teams of teachers will design their own case modules and plan for implementation as well as assessment of skills, knowledge, and attitudes.

  • Upper Secondary/ Integrated Programme Biology Teachers

  • Date: 15 - 16 March 2016 (1st Run)
    17 - 18 March 2016 (2nd Run)
    Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm (12 hours)
    Venue: National Institute of Education,1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    (Exact room venue to be advised)

    *Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances

    • MOE Participants - $193.60 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non MOE Participants - $964.00 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)
  • 11 March 2018

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.   

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course. 

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can  make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: 
    National Institute of Education
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
    Attn: Ms Bhavani


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

  • *All information will be kept confidential and used for internal administration only.

  • Ms Bhavani
    Tel: 6790 3787
    (for enquiries on course administration)