Facilitating Small Group Discussion

  • Boon Huat BayEmail author
  • Samuel Sam Wah Tay


Small-group teaching has been extensively employed in the teaching of human anatomy. Small group discussions are utilized in laboratory classes, tutorials, team-based learning, and problem-based learning. Teaching in a small group setting encourages participation of students, improves interpersonal and communication skills, reaches out to students with different learning styles, and helps in developing accountability to others. The tutor plays a crucial role in facilitating group dynamics during small group discussions. In a tutorial setting, the tutor should be student centered, ensure balanced interaction among students while trying to involve every student during the discussions, and establish a conducive environment for learning.


Learning Style Human Anatomy Small Group Discussion Laboratory Class Tutorial Session 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Yong Loo Lin School of MedicineNational University of Singapore, National University Health SystemSingaporeSingapore

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