Professor Kevin Gould – Citation for Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards 2011
Teaching excellence citation for Professor Kevin Gould, recipient of a 2011 Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.
Professor Kevin Gould
Professor of Plant Biology
School of Biological Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
The sheer excitement of scientific discovery
Kevin employs every teaching tool in his botanist tool box to enhance learner experience.
Passion and vitality are the hallmarks of Kevin’s teaching, whether it is smashing tomatoes with a hammer to show why houses are not made out of fruit or complex image analysis of plant structures. 'Enthusiastic', 'inventive' and 'awesome', are terms his learners use to describe him.
As Kevin rightly points out, 'just as you can't make a plant grow by pulling on it, the same applies to learner learning – both need fertile soil, nutrition, appropriate challenges and sunshine'. For Kevin's learners he is the ardent gardener who brings all of these elements together to ensure quality learning happens. He is their 'ray of sunshine'. Kevin is driven by a love for the importance of plants to our world and a heartfelt desire to provide learners with transformational learning experiences.
In his own words, 'most scientists are feverishly enthusiastic about their work - why not share that passion with students?' Kevin is a shining example of the role that teaching plays in learners becoming discoverers of new knowledge through innovative practice and critical thinking.
Comments from Kevin’s learners:
- I appreciate the effort and passion you convey to us, and I rave about you to my non-science friends – you do such a fantastic job. I look forward to tomorrow’s lecture.
- I just wanted to say a quick thanks for all the enthusiasm you put into our lectures, I think everyone was a wee bit shocked at first as most lecturers don’t bother to try and make things very interesting! You won’t be forgotten in a hurry!
- I would just like to say that I really enjoyed the lab today! It really made me think. I have decided. I would like to become a botanist.
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