About Dr. Ash Casey and this TKS episode:
Dr. Ash Casey is a Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast we look at Dr. Casey’s research in models-based practice, teacher professional development and learning, and the use of technology and social media in teacher development and student learning.
A brief synopsis:
Dr. Ash starts discussing his studies and career. He graduated with his MSc in late 2004 and started a PhD in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Leeds Metropolitan University in early 2005. Ash took up his first lecturing post at the University of Bedfordshire and completed his PhD in January 2010. Follwing this, he joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough in March 2014.
Ash describes how he started experimenting and developing different models for teaching physical education, and came up with a models-based practice. He wanted to involve not only the physical criteria but the social, psychological and cognitive aspects that are currently missing. He says that although society acknowledges physical education as a core part of the educational system, this is really limited and limiting in its conceptualisation. Ash tells Hussain that he believes there is room to re-think the way physical education is taught, allowing for more flexibility, and therefore engaging students more in physical activities.
Dr. Ash Casey continues by explaining the role PE can have in teaching students values like determination and empathy. Ash also highlights that although the current system is compulsory and sees students take part in PE, if we want people to be physically active for their entire life, they need to learn how to do that in a consistent and manageable way.
In reconstructing the classical models of teaching PE, Ash shows how embracing a more holistic approach allows for students to reflect on what they enjoy, value and thus develop specific points of interest and basic skills.
This way, people can understand what they care about and would like to do. Critically, teaching should facilitate ways for students to learn how to achieve this themselves, making it sustainable.
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TKS take home points:
In this TKS episode, we are shown the importance of adopting new models for teaching physical education, and how these can positively impact society. Dr. Ash Casey states that the premise for adopting a models-based practice will stem from reshaping our values to embrace a more social and holistic system. This models-based approach will allow for PE to champion values like cooperation, collaboration, and personal social responsibility.
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