Educational Research

Educational Research at Duke-NUS


“Transforming medicine, improving lives”. It isn’t just the Duke-NUS mission statement, it is the very core of what motivates our educational research mission. The overarching goal of our educational research agenda is to better understand how people learn, and to best apply what we know about learning. We conduct effectiveness studies that translate efficacious learning strategies identified by the psychological and cognitive neurosciences to the real-world classroom. We aim to dissect, probe, and test educational theories and assumptions to ensure that our fundamental educational frameworks are valid. And, we strive to be international leaders in the field of educational research.

Our research portfolio consists of several, ongoing, funded research studies with the purpose of investigating the use of various educational technologies on medical students’ experiences and learning. We are also rigorously evaluating our principal teaching strategy (TeamLEAD), and our clinical teaching strategies.

If you have an interest in collaborating on educational research, please write to us at


Faculty Collaboration


Interdisciplinary teams provide a framework for deep understanding of educational phenomena. As educational researchers, we seek out faculty with specific content expertise in order to conduct our research. Basic scientists, clinical researchers, physicians, and staff are all welcome and encouraged to collaborate with us on educational research projects. The methods of educational research, while significantly overlapping with clinical research, can be different in subtle ways. Furthermore, the clinical context of the issue at hand requires those with expertise in that arena to play a pivotal role. If you are interested in exploring an educational research study, we strongly encourage you to contact us.

Medical Educational Research Journal Club


We host a monthly journal club on the last Friday of each month for faculty, students, and staff alike to discuss current or seminal educational research studies. The intention behind the journal club is more than just sharing information. It is to help foster a collegial, engaging, and enjoyable learning environment that inspires our research curiosities. No PowerPoint presentations, no stuffy lectures. This is a lunchtime conversation facilitated by a volunteer.

If you wish to find out more or would like to join us in any of the sessions, please contact us at

Recent Publications

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