Grace Wong Khei Mie

Fellow

Teaching Aspirations

Throughout my 25 years of teaching at the School of Design & Environment, NUS, I have constantly developed new module contents, pedagogical techniques and teaching materials but always with students’ learning as the main focus. I believe that what students learn is important but how they learn is even more so because how they learn directly affects the quality and quantity of the knowledge and skills they assimilate and retain. Through the years of students’ feedback, I note that many students have appreciated the learning experiences in my modules. Just as some students have been inspired to go forth and learn more, I too am inspired to keep facilitating and guiding them on their respective different learning journeys.

As I reflect on the past quarter of a century of my teaching career, I realize that to teach is not merely the imparting of content knowledge but more importantly stimulating students’ minds to think, and inspiring learning to continue. To this end, I hope to carry on implementing and researching on new pedagogical methods and teaching styles that will help students become independent life-long thinkers and learners. It is with these aspirations that I hope to be able to contribute as an Academy Fellow by providing divergent views and yet working in allegiance with like-minded colleagues who are constantly and passionately striving to better the learning experiences of our students.

Biodata

Grace K.M. WONG is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design and Environment, NUS. Her academic qualifications include B.Sc. (Estate Management) and M.Sc. (Property & Maintenance Management) at NUS, as well as MPhil (Housing Economics) and PhD (Housing Economics) at University of Cambridge, UK. Since 1989 when she joined NUS, she has taught a wide range of core, elective and GEM modules, and has won several teaching awards including NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award: Honour Roll (2011 – 2015) as well as GEM and SS Incentive Scheme Awards in 2004 and 2005. Besides teaching, as the Deputy Program Director of the B.Sc. (Real Estate) program from 2003 to 2004, Program Director of the B.Sc. (Real Estate) Minor and B.Sc. (Urban Studies) Minor programs from 2003 to 2007, as well as Program Director of the B.Sc. (Real Estate), B.Sc. (Real Estate) Minor and B.Sc. (Urban Studies) Minor programs with effect from June 2014, she also contributes to curriculum design, development and administration. Her publications, which focus on her pedagogical initiatives, are featured in Ideas on Teaching, CDTL Brief, CDTLink, as well as in conferences such as the Second Symposium on Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference.

Teaching Awards/Accolades

  • GEM and SS Incentive Scheme Award (2004)
  • GEM and SS Incentive Scheme Award (2005)
  • School of Design & Environment Teaching Honours List (2002/2003)
  • School of Design & Environment Teaching Honours List (2003/2004)
  • School of Design & Environment Teaching Honours List (2006/2007)
  • School of Design & Environment Teaching Excellence Award (2007/2008)
  • School of Design & Environment Teaching Excellence Award (2008/2009)
  • School of Design & Environment Teaching Excellence Award (2012/2013)
  • NUS Excellent Teacher Award (2002/2003)
  • NUS Excellent Teacher Award (2003/2004)
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (2007/2008)
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (2008/2009)
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award: Honour Roll (2011 – 2015)
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