Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sport science instructor teaches Douglas College students to look beyond textbook

                                David Denofreo Photo

What’s the benefit of smaller class sizes? Just ask Ken Anderson, a sports science instructor who taught in front of large university classes before coming to Douglas College.

“At university I might be teaching a class to 140 students. I can poke and prod and bribe, but no one is going to put their hand up in front of all those people,” says Ken, coordinator of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program.

“Students come out of those classes knowing the theory, but they can’t relate it to real-world examples.”

“At Douglas,” he continues, “where my classes have between 30 and 35 students, it’s easy for people to put their hands up and say, ‘I teach gymnastics’ or ‘I coach hockey.’ These are examples that other students can learn from. And that’s what my classes are all about.”

For Ken, making the connection between what’s in the textbook and what happens in the real world is key to a good education.

“It’s easy to memorize facts or anatomy or physiology,” he says, “but if you can relate it to something then that really means that you understand the concept.”