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Instructor: Jennifer Kahn

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Jennifer Kahn: ANTH151A, Fall 2010

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 151A - Emerging Humanity Crn (Section): 77878 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.31 16 0.48 Freq(%) 11 (69%) 5 (31%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
8. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 16 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 5 (31%)
9. I improved my abilities to do the kinds of writing used by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 5 (31%) 7 (44%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (60%) 6 (40%)
11. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I liked how we we able to do hands on activities like at the zoo and with the skeletons. It gave us opportunity to see the things we were taught in class.
Good outline of change over time
The lab activities and field trips were most valuable to me. The lectures and powerpoints were also valuable.
Laboratory sessions. They put the ideas of what was being read into the textbook very well into a hands-on format that really made concepts easier to grasp and remember. Coming up with questions on readings and having the class discuss those questions in small groups, then as a whole class proved valuable, as they really inspired more expansive thinking and produced an awareness of different views of critical aspects of history, like evolution and the development of humans into agriculturalists. Very stimulating discussions that incorporated past into considerations of the present.
Laboratory assignments, weekly group discussion, field trips to bishop museum and the zoo.
Class discussions were really good. While the papers did take quite a bit of thought and time I think that they improved my writing abilities. Also, the field trips were very good! I really liked seeing physical examples of what we were learning.
The labs and activities! They made everything more real and accessible and interesting. They helped to make it easy to do the assignments because I cared more about what I was doing.
Dr. Kahn really took the time to explain each and every topic in depth. You could clearly see her passion in the subject which made it more enjoyable and easy to understand. She is excited for each class and her eagerness radiates to the rest of the class. It was truly enjoyable learning from Dr. Kahn.
The most valuable aspects of the course was to understand the general idea of what happened, where, when, why, and how. Dr. Kahn never gave tests which I personally thought was interesting. I would assume that she does not want students to cram information that is irrelevant to their future.
I really enjoyed the fieldtrips (one to the Honolulu zoo and one to the Bishop Museum)- all of us discussed observations we made with one another and got to bond really well. The class discussion was awesome-most everyone felt comfortable explaining their thoughts on a wide range of subjects and we got along so well. The class was like a really tight group of friends, everyone knows everyone because it's smaller and we get to spend a lot of time discussing the material. The lab exercises were also fascinating and Dr. Kahn was always available to answer questions and help us understand what we were observing, background concepts, etc. We had a fair amount of time to work on our papers (only 2) and got feedback from Dr. Kahn and one of our peers before turning in the final, so we got to revise our essays and write reflections, which in turn really added to the effectiveness of our papers.
The critical thinking aspects of the course were invaluable. By evaluating the causes and effects of past events and trying to determine the way of life of ancient humans and hominins based on the archaeological remains, we gained the priceless ability to draw conclusions from evidence present. This is a good foundation for writing projects for other classes. The papers that we did for the class on evolution and archaeology of pre-modern civilizations required a fair amount of research. This meant that we had to determine what information that we garnered from books and academic journals were relevant to the paper's central claim. Differentiating between important and irrelevant facts from research is a very valuable tool that can be used all throughout our scholastic careers.
Having in class group discussions of the material made learning them easier and funner.
There were many aspects of the course that were most valuable. One aspect was how to properly cite other works when writing an essay. Although it is a simple concept, it is always good to practice habits such as properly citing works. I also enjoyed the "puzzle piecing" and the analyzing of artifacts from the past to infer how people and past civilizations used to live. The group discussions were also a good way to exchange ideas and to practice public speaking and communication skills.
the labs and field trips we went on were the most valuable because all the learning and readings we do in class get to be applied to our field work. We analyze real questions and most of the activities are hands on.
I believe that the writing assignments, in particular the essays, were the most valuable aspects of the course. I learned a good deal about writing research papers from Doctor Kahn. By taking her class, I understand to be as specific as possible when writing a research paper. I sincerely believe that everything I've taken from Doctor Kahn's class, as far as writing goes, can and will be used effectively in the future.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I like majority of the aspects, the one thing I didn't really like was the time frame of the class. I think it would have been better if the classes were MWF or TR versus the one long block on Wednesday.
The reading assignments from the textbook and articles were least valuable because a lot of the concepts covered in the articles were difficult to understand and I didn't retain the information for a long period of time. I preferred learning from the lectures and lab activities.
Textbook readings; while the textbook was really informative and did cover a lot of material, it did not leave as great as an impression as the information covered in the powerpoint presentations or discussed. Textbook readings themselves were important and necessary (again, the magnitude of what was covered), so I wouldn't say that they are something that needs to be changed, but I valued the outside readings more (and the Beak of the Finch), and the class discussions.
Some of the reading was very long, but valuable. Still, it was difficult to resist the temptation to skim some of the 51 page research papers.
The text book readings were very long and hard to always complete. I felt that I could get sufficient knowledge from the lectures and by skimming the chapters.
Sometimes the readings would be rather long and I would read them all, I think that if I had read them all fully then I would have learned more, but that's not really her fault. just something to consider.
While most students enjoy the hands on lab, and while I found it crucial in solidifying the lessons learned in class, I felt the time spent in the labs could have been used in lecture (although it is only my preference of learning). Also, she took the time to take us to field trips which were interesting, although I felt they provided no significant value to the lesson and I feel like I could have learned just as much from the text.
The least valuable aspects of the course is hard to say. I honestly enjoyed learning from Dr. Kahn because she is a very supported teacher who can understand her students abilities. She tries to bring out the best of each student and support them along the way with constructive criticism.
The use of the book was not as valuable as the other resources we had access to, such as Dr. Kahn's lectures/powerpoints, and the articles she posts online. The book was helpful but I honestly just read the summaries at the end of each chapter and made sure I knew the key words. Reading the entire chapter word for word was a bit unnecessary and overwhelming because there is so much information (that you are never tested on). If you find the chapter interesting and have some time on your hands, go for it. But otherwise, reading the summaries really is enough. Make sure you read the articles though!
I don't believe that there were any aspects of the class that were not useful in some way. While most of us may not become anthropologists in the future, the academic practices that we learned during ANTH151A are useful in many other arenas of study besides anthropology.
I do not think there were any aspects that were least valuable. Although, the powerpoints made it so that students did not have to read the assigned material. Meaning, it was easy to get away with not reading said material. Perhaps there could be another way to incorporate the reading material more effectively, rather than just group class discussions.
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I would have to say that the class trips were the least valuable aspects of the course, even though they were a great deal of fun. I believe that the lectures, discussions, and writing assignments were definitely more valuable.
14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
19. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
20. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
21. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (19%) 11 (69%)
22. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
23. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
24. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
25. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I can't really think of anything. I like the way she teaches.
I think this course may be better to know what kind of writing or how you expect students to write.
By having more in class discussion and lecture rather than out of class reading assignments, or have reading assignments that are easier to understand
Since the hardest information to get through and remember was that presented in the textbook, maybe in addition to the powerpoint presentations, and the discussion questions and small presentations that the groups did afterwards, it could be assigned that students give presentations on parts of the chapter, perhaps in small groups again as well. Maybe then after those presentations, a discussion question could be posed by them or posed to them, like what was done with the comparison of the Qin and Moche discussion portion.
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The text book readings were long and it was hard to read them, or be motivated to read them. I honestly stopped reading them after about the third week and just skimmed them and read the summaries.
The readings were long, but they seemed to have good info packed away inside. Maybe find a way to tell how to pull out the info without having to read through completely.
Dr. Kahn is an excellent instructor and she takes pride in every one of her lessons. You can tell she is always prepared for each class and stimulates class discussion. I am not afraid to voice my opinions in her class and she makes the environment a very open and supportive one for new ideas and questions. I do not have any comments on improving because I think she is an awesome instructor that all students should have the chance to learn from!
Dr. Kahn goes through her powerpoint at quite a fast pace. Her lectures can get tiresome as they are long but she uploads them for her students if they want to view them in the future.
Honestly, the entire course was just plain amazing. The labs, class discussion and fieldtrips were so fun and interesting, the papers weren't too intimidating and we got a lot of feedback and got to give each other feedback which was pretty fun. The only thing I would say would be for Dr. Kahn to be a little more confident in her teaching. She was so great one on one to talk to and we all had a lot of fun talking to her. She was also very helpful, but sometimes she seemed a little unsure of herself and not quite as authoritative as I think a teacher should be. The other thing would be to let the students know what part of the readings to focus on, since some of them are very long. Maybe let them know which pages to really read through and understand well?
There is nothing that comes to mind that can be improved upon. Dr. Kahn's method of teaching was extremely helpful in understanding whatever the class was currently studying. I especially enjoyed the labs because they required actual application of what we learned in class and read in the textbook and articles.
Have more in-class discussions and laboratories. They were all really helpful! Although the textbook readings were very elaborate, they were too thorough and boring at times. I really enjoyed "The Beak of the Finch." Definitely keep that book in the curriculum.
Dr. Kahn can probably follow through with the assigned reading materials the following class, as in the articles not the ones from the book. It was easy for students to get away with not reading them because of group discussions. If they haven't read the article then they can simply ask those who did to fill them in. Perhaps individual presentations about the readings? Reincorporating the "discussion circle" during THE BEAK OF THE FINCH was effective.
I would suggest that Doctor Kahn branch off from her lectures, and address the class in a more direct manner. I believe that the combination of an interesting course and a clearly enthusiastic and passionate teacher makes for an engaging and worthwhile course. Perhaps Doctor Kahn should make use of more discussion/debate type activities.
26. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Engaging, Fun, Knowledgeable
Intelligent, Helpful, Passionate about subject
informative helpful nice
Passionate Helpful
Helpful and informative.
Motivated, Inspiring, Intelligent
Passionate (about her work, the subject, and teaching). Knowledgable. Diverse (in her teaching methods).
Loving. Smart. Aware.
Exciting, Passionate, Fair
Amazing, Knowledgeable, Understanding!
Understanding, encouraging, interesting and eager. She really put so much effort into making the class enjoyable for everyone. She gave us a lot of extra credit opportunities and gave us several chances to talk to her and revise our papers before grading them. She also gave plenty of time to complete assignments-it was really evident she wanted us to succeed in her class. She always gave us breaks since it is a pretty long class period and always tried to fit in fun assignments for us to do (about 1/3 -1/4 of the class periods are either labs or field trips).
Dedicated and helpful. It is evident that Dr. Kahn is passionate about her field of study, and her dedication to anthropology reflects in her teaching. She is amenable to helping if it is needed. She will confer with a student on a paper or lab and make certain that he is fulfilling his potential. She also helped us create the best papers possible, having us first turn in a rough draft then submit reviews on a peer's paper and after editing turn in a final draft. Having to review a peer's paper as well as receiving a peer review improves the writer's ability to analyze and edit his own work.
Passionate Fun
Passionate. Prepared. Professional.
Intellectual, genuine, engaging
pleasant knowledgeable understanding
27. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.8 16 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 11 (69%)
28. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.8 16 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 11 (69%)
29. Laboratory assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 11 (69%)
30. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
31. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 14 (88%)
32. Other comments:
The field trips were fun. It helped me learn better since it was more "hands on". I think there should be other extra credits for students who are unable to attend Thursday speaches.
Although I am not particularly interested in Anthropology and basically just took the course to fulfill an honors requirement, Dr. Kahn's passion and excitement in the course material was inspiring and made me a little more interested in Anthropology and also inspired me to want to do well in the class. She is very willing to help students and is very approachable.
The assignments given in this course, such as the laboratory exercises and the papers, did push analysis and making conclusions based on data. I really liked the classes format and what was covered; It was also great being able to talk as a class and hear the different ideas. Surprising, interesting, good class. Definitely a good balance between writing papers or doing worksheets, and reading/discussion time. Everything covered had relevance.
Honestly one of my favorite classes of the semester. I learned a lot even in the absence of midterms (and perhaps because of the absence of midterms). I felt compelled to study because I was motivated by my own personal interests and not my grade. Jennifer did a fantastic job relaying the information in a way that was accessible and interesting. I know many other students in the other non-honors Anth 151 class who absolutely hate it. In Jennifer's class, it is actually rare to find someone who is not enthusiastic about learning.
I really appreciated the effort that you put into class. The field trips and labs were great! I liked how you have a variety of teaching methods, ie. lecture, discussion, lab, field trip, presentation etc., it kept me engaged and interested. You also seem very passionate and enthusiastic about archaeology which really makes a difference. Thank you for a great semester!
I loved this class. We did so many fun things and I learned a lot. The material is interesting and I just loved going to class.
Dr. Kahn is a great teacher! She is very helpful when students come to her with questions. I personally am horrible when it comes to learning history but if any wants to understand anthropology easily and remember what you have learned, this class would be it.
If you like class discussion and fieldtrips TAKE THIS CLASS! It's such a great honors course, very easy to do well in. Also, we have to read the Beak of the Finch, it really isn't crucial that you read all of it word for word. If you want to read a review online or just skim it, that would be a good idea since we do have class discussion about it. But you are never tested on it and you only need to reference it once in one of the papers. Another good idea would be to look through the chapter titles and find one that you think would have info pertaining to your paper in it and read that chapter. Again, take this class! Dr. Kahn is so nice and knowledgeable. You'll probably make several friends unless you're antisocial :D
Anthropology was my favorite class this semester. It was challenging, but immensely interesting. I had not known that I would enjoy learning about prehistory and evolution so much. I look forward to taking more anthropology classes in the future! Thanks Dr. Kahn!! =]
I liked that Dr. Kahn used her own experiences in the field to amplify and strengthen her presentations.
awesome course taught by an awesome teacher, id recommend it to all my friends
I am very grateful to Doctor Kahn for working hard and trying her best to make this class as fascinating and engaging as it was. I greatly enjoyed it. Thank you Doctor Kahn.