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Tom Raedeke

Tom Raedeke, Ph.D.
Department of Exercise &
   Sport Science
College of Health & Human

To increase student involvement in the course, we need to share our passion and why we find the information so intriguing to spark interest. We cannot afford to assume students will automatically find the content attention grabbing on learning more about it. Sharing our passion also involves helping students make meaningful connections to the course material. As a result, I now continuously strive to ensure that students realize the relevance of the course material in their own lives and experiences. If students can make meaningful connections to the material, they are more likely to understand the "big picture" and develop a strong conceptual understanding rather than focusing on a bunch of seemingly unrelated facts. To help make meaningful connections, I spend considerable effort on the practial side of the science-practitioner model by developing students' ability to integrate, synthesize, and apply information. Reflective writing, interpretive question discussion, case study analysis, small group problem solving, and personal application assignments help me accomplish that goal.
Courses taught:

EXSS 6445 Sports Psychology
EXSS 6440 Physical Activity Psychology
EXSS 6301 Research Seminar
EXSS 5020 Exercise Adherence
EXSS 3300 Applied Sport Psychology
EXSS 6500/6501/4500/4502 Independent Study
EXSS 4991/4992 Independent Research in Exercise Physiology
EXSS 4800 Internship Supervision