eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Noel Kent

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ES301, Spring 2015
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ES301, Spring 2014
ES460, Spring 2014
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ES420, Fall 2012
ES420, Spring 2011
ES301, Spring 2010
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ES420, Fall 2009

Noel Kent: ES301, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 301 - Ethnic Identity Crn (Section): 84641 (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  
3.79 19 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%) 2 (11%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 17 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 12 (63%)
8. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 20 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 9 (45%) 7 (35%)
9. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 20 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 10 (50%) 8 (40%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 20 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 14 (70%)
11. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
i liked the service learning project i liked the books that we read i liked the teacher very nice guy overall i thought it was a great course great discussions
Service Learning
I appreciate that this course required me to think differently than I normally do by thinking more about people's identities and why it's important to understand those identities.
I really liked our class discussions in which we tackled questions related to current events (environment, our identity as a generation, ISIS, etc.)
I valued the community service part of the class. It feels really good to volunteer at places where I feel valued and my time is well spent.
I believe the weekly discussions on identity including current events relating to the course really helped.
Applying what we learned in class to contemporary and present issues.
Kent made his students think past the superficial points any one could state about a topic. He made us question why we think the way we do as well as others.
I really enjoyed the discussions we had in class. It made understanding the course material easier.
The most valuable thing I learned in this course was the ability to recognize the different factors that go into identity construction.
The readings and critiques.
The textbook was extremely informative and its frequent use of case studies made the material interesting and accessible. The short videos we watched (such as the video on the experiment with 3rd graders and discrimination in the 1970s) were also thought-provoking and related to our studies of ethnic identity.
I got a chance to express myself through the writing assignments.
films and videos
Being given the opportunity to think critically on global issues.
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I would strongly recommend making the syllabus have more details, as well as to post it on laulima so we can have electronic copies. If the syllabus had clear instructions on how each paper would be graded in its content, I think I would have gotten better grades on my papers. I felt like I did not know what the teacher wanted in the papers completely because there was not a clear list of requirements, there was just a bunch of stuff said about the paper in class that was hard to keep track of. I would get points off on a paper because I did not talk about something that I did not even know I was supposed to talk about in the paper. Please make a syllabus with details about what you would like in each assignment.
The book reports
None
The portion of the class in the beginning, while probably necessary, was relatively dull compared to the rest of the class (I'm referring to the half of the class when we discussed the concepts from the textbook). I think it could be helpful to break up those classes in two sections: half review of the textbook, half discussion of current events.
I felt that this was a graduate seminar, and didnʻt exactly know what I was getting myself into.
I did not enjoy the book 'Chasing the Red, White, and Blue.'
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I did not dislike the service learning, but I found it extremely difficult to get in contact with the people running the service learning program. I would prefer if we went directly through the professor for all service learning activities. The third party was not helpful in the slightest.
I think that some of the readings could have been swapped out. Chasing the Red White and Blue in particular but perhaps it just isn't my preference.
Service Learning Project.
Unfortunately, while it did provide me with firsthand experience in the community, my service learning project did not truly reinforce or contribute to my understanding of the class material. I considered my service learning as a separate project that was simply required to finish the course.
book report on "Chasing the Red, White, and Blue"
Reading chasing the red white and blue
13. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
14. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 3 (15%) 13 (65%)
15. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
16. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 3 (15%) 14 (70%)
18. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
19. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
though provoking
He was very lenient on late papers and making sure you can do assignments
That he was always understanding if you were having issues or having a hard time understanding something in the class. He was willing to take time and make sure to answer all the questions he could.
His ability to connect the textbook ideas to things relevant to me. I began seeing the concepts learned in this ethnic studies course in my other classes too, which helped me better understand the material of those courses. I also think he did an exceptionally good job in reaching out to students and including everyone in class, encouraging everyone to speak out.
I felt that he was easy to talk to.
He addressed questions and discussions as best as he could. It was really helpful during class sessions. Offered to help those who had hard time finding service projects.
He was understanding and explained things in different ways to help us understand the content
He was very passionate about what he taught.
He made sure we knew what we were doing, and always updated us on schedule changes.
His ability to articulate points of views commonly overlooked.
He is able to make the class fun.
His vast knowledge, understanding, and experience with ethnic and racial issues made him an incredibly interesting teacher. I appreciate how he knows a lot about ethnic/racial issues from the past and is also very up to date with ethnic and racial issues happening today. He also made the classroom environment one in which I felt I could open up and share my thoughts and opinions freely.
He is a very understanding and compassionate professor.
His knowledge and life experiences to relate to the course subject
He gave us opportunity to speak in class
21. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
the syllabus
He was very non specific on what exactly he wanted in the papers written
None
This does not really pertain to the professor but we focused much of the class on ethnic identity in America, but I have always thought it would be interesting to try to envision an ethnic identity course in a different country, set in a different culture.
He is a great professor.
None that I can think of.
Giving assignments with short amounts of time to finish them.
I really enjoyed his class, I liked everything.
Nothing
He changed the syllabus once and then didn't follow that updated one either.
Nothing to report.
difficulties with technology
Nothing
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.65 20 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
23. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
24. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 20 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 8 (40%) 10 (50%)
25. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
26. Other comments:
Thank you for your time I really appreciate how quickly you got assignments back to us and the pride you take in being a professor.
Interesting class, glad i too it
I think it would be interesting to incorporate a mini social experiment in class.
Thank you for a great semester!
Thanks for the semester
Kent is an overall wonderful person. He is able to grab and hold onto the room's attention. There needs to be far more teachers like Kent in all fields of education at UH.
The only reason I state the Service Learning Project as the least valuable is not that it cannot be valuable, but that it is not valuable in this course, which is Ethnic Identities. There is no connection from this project to course content. Also, it appears that a lot of ES courses requires this SLP and it should be done only once, especially those who major or earn a certificate in this discipline.
I don't like the exam because it an essay. So much reading and essay exam is so ridiculous.
I think this class could be even better if there were more participation during class discussions. So many times throughout the semester, Dr. Kent would ask for our opinions and no one would speak up, although I know we all have something we'd like to say about ethnicity, especially our own experiences. I noticed that the only times we had really successful, lively discussions is when we were first broken off into smaller groups to discuss the material, then came back as a whole class to share our thoughts. Perhaps if in the future, on the days when the class goes over material from Ethnicity and Race textbook, if the class is first broken into smaller groups to discuss the chapter reading assignment before the lecture begins, there can be more meaningful class discussion.
Good!

Noel Kent: ES460, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 460 - Global Ethnic Conflict Crn (Section): 87088 (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  
3.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 9 (50%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 9 (47%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 19 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 10 (53%) 6 (32%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.42 19 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 4 (21%) 6 (32%) 4 (21%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
lots of different views on how ethnic groups should interact
Class discussions, the two novels, and films.
The topics discussed in this course are very relevant to todays current events
I learned a lot about ethnic conflict and the class consisted of a good group of people.
Class discussions
I liked the class discussion the best because it lets everyone in the class share their input about the topic in hand. We learn from one anothers' thoughts and it helps me reason out why something's the way it is.
Class discussions
The different case studies and the interesting discussions
Nothing positive to say.
the course go very deep about different conflict and we go over a lot of examples around the world.
The movie about the children who had blue/brown eyes and learned what discrimination was
The subjects we discussed
The interaction/getting to hear others view points on a topic.
I really like how diverse our class is. It's not every day that you can have a course where people from all walks of life have a say in class discussions. We have people from all around the world that have experienced very different things. I also really appreciated the fact that we had such a great about of "Kapuna" in our class. In regards to the content, I really enjoyed that this class is not viewing ethnic conflict only in history. I like that we include problems that our world is facing today.
Very welcomed atmosphere
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.32 19 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 2 (11%) 9 (47%) 2 (11%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.58 19 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 3 (16%) 8 (42%) 4 (21%)
9. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.68 19 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 4 (21%) 7 (37%) 5 (26%)
10. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.42 19 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 3 (16%) 8 (42%) 3 (16%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.63 19 1.21 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 9 (47%) 4 (21%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
insight into other parts of the globe.
The novels were well chosen and did their job in connecting us emotionally to the traumas of the conflicts.
The variety of cases discussed in class, we did not just focus on a specific region.
learning the different signs of ethnic conflict
In-class discussions.
The most valuable aspects of the course would probably be the learning about the ethnic conflict around the world. It is the title of the course and it was very interesting to learn about the different flaws of the world
Learning about actual historical events
The discussions
Learning about Rwanda...only thing I learned about. We spent more than half the semester talking about it.
learning how to identify the problem and why this happen, then create a solution for the problem.
the class discussions and hearing class mates be able to voice their opinions
The discussions
Discussion, other points of views
Learning about culture and it's role in conflict was most valuable, since it helps a great deal with conflict resolution (even in our every day life, and understanding why things are what way). I also liked gaining perspective and learning life lessons through the conversations, books, and movies we've gotten the chance to see and have. Service learning also gave us the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, that taught me lessons I could never learn in a class room.
community learning
use of real life situation examples
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
online aspects were unavailable
While the text book does have a few valuable terms related to the course, it doesn't really do much for the class.
Maybe the way class time was structure, a lot of professor reading from the textbook.
na
Reading leactures
The least valuable would probably be the boring days where nobody did not know what to say.
Some of the narratives by the kupuna
The community service
Pretty much everything else besides Rwanda.
I think everything I learned in the class were valuable, I learned a lot of new things.
the long readings in the ethnic conflict book made it hard to want to actually read it all
Really can't think of anything.
reading textbook
Noel carries discussions after reading assignmens, but only reads from the book.
14. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 19 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (47%) 8 (42%)
15. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 4 (21%) 11 (58%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 19 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 9 (47%) 5 (26%)
17. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 19 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 9 (47%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 19 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 2 (11%) 7 (37%) 7 (37%)
19. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 19 1.27 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 8 (42%) 6 (32%)
20. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 19 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more effective communication on a regular basis.
More variety in class, there was a lot of discussions within the students so maybe enable that more.
be a little more up beat and alive.
By making material on the midterm more clear and organized instead of leaving it vague and broad. There's a lot of material, and it's hard to know all of it in such a short period of time. If everything was a little more organized, it would be easier to understand the subject matters.
Noel Kent can improve the course by maybe showing more videos or going on field trips that relate to the subject at hand.
He is a bit open-ended and he keeps changing the requirements .
Some of the readings from the book didn't complement what we were learning in class (at least that's what I felt like). Perhaps making more connections from what we learned in the book to what is currently going on in the world might help.
No service learning, and more case studies other than Rwanda
study guide
Noel could improve by staying true to his syllabus. He constantly said things and would change his mind randomly. I think the use of Laulima would benefit this class. Also he just reads from the book, the use of slide shows to cover main ideas would be nice. For the midterm a study guide would be nice rather than guessing whats going be on it. He also should keep his political views to himself.
Don't teach strictly out of the book, allow us to use computers to take notes, and don't be such an asshole.
Because there is a lot of things need to be cover and examples are very help in the class, but we don't have much time to cover more examples. May be we an have a guide line or something we can read it after class and help us to understand the words in the textbook and the concepts.
a small rubric for papers an outline for what is expected for the final presentation a small outline for what to expect for on the midterm
He can just be a little more clear on what he expects from the final project.
Perhaps opting out of group work (if there's anything I can think of). Whereas group discussion in class is very important, having assignments where we have to coordinate schedules can be really difficult (which is a lesson in itself).
we do not need to read the text in class
Better explain requirements. Especially on written material and tests.
22. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
great professor.
He seemed open to help the students if needed
he really likes the students and he also wants the students to really learn.
He seemed liked he cared for the education of the students, and that we knew what was going on in the world we live in. I definitely get the feeling he wants us to succeed.
I enjoyed this class very much and am satisfied that i took it. I have no doubt that this class will be continuing in the future and teaching more students about the problems around the world.
He can be more flexible
the fact that there is no study guide is concerning
Rudest teacher I've ever had, was not helpful whats so ever, made me feel uncomfortable asking questions in class.
He always give us questions to make us think and provide help in class and after class.
we are a great class! that says it all
He is greatly concerned . I enjoyed beingin his class and felt valued.
Always willing to help
Noel Kent is always understanding of our situations and understands (mostly from experience, I'm sure) that life definitely can get in the way of our education. Professor Kent always makes reasonable accommodations for students whom are in need of it.
He is very friendly
I feel Noel Kent had no concern towards me and other students in the class. He had comments that were extremely rude towards different students in the class. I did not feel my comments were valued or taken into consideration when I spoke on a subject. He had his thoughts and that was all, very narrow minded.
23. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
very insightful about different people in the world.
He seemed willing to help students if needed
na
The most helpful thing about Noel Kent is how he constantly keeps us updated with all the weekly emails he sends us. Lets all the student know what to expect in class and what to prepare for.
The discussion prompts he provided in class.
His life experience and objective approach
passion about ethnic conflict
NOTHING.
A lot of discussion very helpful and learn a lot from each other.
he is so knowledgeble and has real respect for the students who put in the effort
He is a genuinely caring person, about the subject as well as about his student and their needs.
Open-mindedness
That he wants to see us succeed. He is always nudging us in the right direction, even when we don't necessarily have one to begin with.
Huge knowledge about everything
24. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
intelligent. knowledgable . wise.
he had a variety of knowledge and a large interest in the subject
very knowledge about the subject
Knowledgable, funny, understanding
intelligent, reasonable, steady
Supportive and knowledgeable
Knowledgable but sporadic
resembles Larry David
FUCKING ASSHOLE.
knowledgeable and provide a lot of helpful materials.
intelligent, humorous
Knowledgable.
Enthusiastic positive
Wise, stern (but), flexible.
friendly protester
Unhelpful narrow minded
25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.58 19 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 3 (16%) 8 (42%) 4 (21%)
26. Other comments:
I would recommend this class to all students at UH.
Don't change assignment descriptions and requirements as the course goes on, stick to a plan
NEED STUDY GUIDE!
He needs to retire, or adjust his teaching styles to present time, and not be such an asshole.
thank you for offering this class.
you are awesome NK!
One of the best courses I've taken at the University of Hawaii.
Interesting course thank you!

Noel Kent: ES301, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 301 - Ethnic Identity Crn (Section): 85007 (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  
3.5 17 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%) 11 (65%) 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  
1.27 17 0.46 Freq(%) 11 (65%) 4 (24%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 17 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 11 (65%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 11 (65%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
The topics were thought provoking which I enjoyed. But most of all I enjoyed the service learning it gave me the opportunity to meet new people and create new relationships while giving back.
I like how Professor Kent talks about what's happening around the world without having to read off from something. He says it in his own words, which helps us understand it better. He also cares about his students by asking if we understand something, or gives us extra credit to boost up our grade.
I really liked the movies that we watched and discussed in class.
The last book we read, "Chasing the Red, White, and Blue"
Nothing. It was boring
He is a remarkable human being who has lived a full purposeful life. It has been a privilege and honor to be educated by a man of his stature. Noel's richness of content to subject being taught was excellent. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in delving into ethnic identity and how it shapes the fluidity of our lives.
thought-provoking, relevant, impacting
The best part about Noel Kent's ethnic studies course was his knowledge about the material, interaction with students, and the overall diversity of the subject matter.
Offered a perspective to identity I had no idea of. Really interesting to think outside of my comfort zone.
How knowledgable professor kent is in the subject, and learning all about ethnicity and all it's facets.
Class discussions over readings so it was worth while to read the book and everyone was encouraged to participate.
The content/information
I liked that we used real world examples to back up theories of identity construction.
I really liked that Professor Kent's passion for this topic was shown with every class lecture. He constantly challenged my thinking and encourages dialouge about the topic in each class.
The best thing I liked about the course was the opportunity to watch movies that were relevant to what we were learning; I feel that some professors think that lecturing is the only way to teach, but Noel utilized different styles of teaching.
The case studies: I liked applying the technical terms and theories we discussed in class to real-life situations of individual and collective identity.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I don't think he has to improve anything. The way he teaches is the best option!
Professor Kent should use more powerpoints to hold the interest of the class. I times I found students falling asleep in the class because when the professor only talks, especially at 9:00 in the morning, it is harder to listen instead of watching and listening. Also, the midterm was ridiculously hard and unfairly graded. He fit an entire textbook into one midterm and only picked a few terms from it and expected us to memorize the entire book, one week before the midterm. It would have made more sense if this were split into several exams.
N/A
Being more cool and more extra credit
He is excellent.
need study guides for the exams need guidelines for the final project. typed out. more breakdown of poli-sci
I believe that Noel Kent can improve his course by keeping an online grade book for his students to view (via Laulima?). It would have been nice to see how I was doing in the course....till today I still do not know how I am doing in his course..will I pass or fail? I do not know.
The class course is great.
Clear cut rubrics and guides
Professor Kent can improve the teaching of this course by providing more structure to the written assignments.
I think Noel does a solid job teaching the course as is, but I feel like the requirements regarding service learning should be made more clear in the beginning.
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.38 17 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 9 (53%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.41 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
10. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
11. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
12. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
13. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 2 (12%) 11 (65%)
14. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 8 (47%)
15. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
16. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 17 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
17. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Thinking about my first experience on Kahoolawe
his dog, Chase! but also how knowledgable he is with any given topic we talk about.
The films we watched in class, and some of the class discussions.
The richness of material being instructed and "The color of water"
the professor and his personal quotes
Overall, 10 years from now I hope that I am able to remember and use everything that I have learned in this ethnic studies course.
The discussions and films with readings that we covered.
How diverse we as humans are and yet similar in many ways that we choose to agree with.
Extensive knowledge about ethnicity as well as the differences between that and identity. Learned a lot about myself through this course and have a better sense of identity now.
How the world has been shaped by the forces studied in this course.
the Professor Kent pushed my thinking and writing. When I look back on this course I will remember that a persons identity is always changing and adapting to its suroundings.
How it made me feel in reaction to identity issues in society.
The day, at the beginning of the semester, after we turned in our papers on our own identity, where we discussed in small groups all the factors and components of the identities we carry today. The discussion was raw, fascinating, and ultimately inspiring. I can't wait to look back at the "identity pie" we made and find out how much my identity has changed in even a couple months.
18. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
19. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
20. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 1 (6%) 13 (76%)
21. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
22. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
23. The instructor was willing to help.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
24. Assignments (papers, problem sets) seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
25. Other comments:
N/A
This was an excellent course worthy of my educational ideals.
Overall, great course really enjoyed everything that it had to offer.
Thanks Professor Kent for the knowledge that you shared and perspectives that you opened my eyes to.
This is a great course and professor kent is very knowledgable and informative.

Noel Kent: ES460, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 460 - Ethnic Conflict Crn (Section): 88263 (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  
3.22 10 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%) 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  
1.44 10 0.53 Freq(%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
6. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
none needed.
Actually have some sort of review for the exam. He told us we were going to have a review day and then on that day said he didnt write the exam yet so we were not prepared as a class and many of us did very poorly. I understand it was his first time teaching the course but I felt like he was just slapping it together as he went along. Also didnt give us much class time to work within our groups for the final presentation. Also there was never a rubric for the papers so he would deduct points off for something you may have missed that was not on the assignment instructions.
Less lecture time during class possibly have more discussions. It would also be useful for us to use our tablets or computers. It would be beneficial to have this class before lunch. The time and lecturing can make one quite sleepy.
This course was excellent in understanding the cause and effects of ethnic conflicts on a state, region, and international basis.
There should be an alternative to the service learning, or perhaps a lower hour requirement. It is always a fulfilling experience to volunteer and learn from the community we live in, but some students are working to support themselves, have limited transportation and also have other courses to work on. Finding a time that matches with the specified organizations can be difficult. However, Service learning is valuable to our education and I am glad that it is required. Maybe more organizations with flexible schedules could be added to the ESSL list of approved service learning sites.
Have a syllabus with a clearer rubric of what is expected for the class, better explain what is expected from students in their work, plan class activities/lectures better.
needs: -study guides for exam -guidelines for final project -more info on poli-sci
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.1 10 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
9. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
13. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
14. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I never really bothered to stay updated on whats happening around the world, but now I often read the world news because there are some issues that I find interesting. I feel like it's good to know what's happening in other places.
The videos and books we were read were very eye opening.
The videos and discussion made for a interesting course.
The most valuable content of this course was the in-depth knowledge of ethnic conflicts and the causes of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The Rwanda case study and reading's complimented one another in a deeper understanding of how human ascription to assignment of groups can be atrocious and unfathomable.
I enjoyed discussions and the texts in the course were invaluable sources! I was enlightened and in awe of Gourevitch's insights and experience. I will keep his book forever. The Ethnic Conflict textbook was extremely informative and Professor Kent's elaboration on the theories presented in the book were very helpful. Applying these theories to real life situations put everything into perspective. Service learning is a very valuable experience. It is unfortunate that I am still unsure if I can meet the required hours to receive credit.
Students were asked to look at ongoing conflicts and make an effort to understand what is going on and how difficult they are to resolve.
Learning about the different ethnic conflict going on in the world, and understanding what happened in the past was interesting to me.
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Possibly the individual readings we did in class. I feel like we could've just read it at home (although we did that anyway), but maybe we could've talked about something else in class...rather than discussing the readings in class.
Service Learning.
Most of the time in the class is spent lecturing.
All content of this course is valuable knowledge in understanding human behaviors in the social, cultural, political and economic environments as it relates to ascription of identity.
Every aspect of the course had great value to expanding my knowledge and improvement of my critical thinking.
The different theories on how to view ethnic conflicts. There were too many and the one that was the most meaningful was the theory that said ethnic conflict was emotional and not rational. If it is emotional, then rational theories will not work.
I had difficulty understanding professor Kent on the point he was trying to get across. I was unsure of what was expected of me in my graded work.
16. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
17. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
18. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
19. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
20. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
21. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He talks about the issues in a way for us to understand it better. He always ask us if we understand a certain topic we talk about. I also like how he shows us videos in class. That part was always my favorite.
The papers we had to write made me think very critically.
The dedication to stimulate people to think and reflect. The will to attempt to imagine the terror and vulnerability of the people exposed to war and conflict, even after the many years of experience in the subject.
He is understanding to students needs and circumstances. He had a strong point of view on matters. It was interesting how he used modern examples of conflict in different countries and their resolve/outcomes.
The most valuable aspect to this course is Noel's diverse knowledge base of human behaviors related to identity and construction of "ethnic identities" relating to conflict, nationalism, and humanity.
He is extremely knowledgeable on the subject. Also, considering the often depressing and heavy material we discuss, I appreciate that Professor Kent adds hope and humor to the course. The often dismal global ethnic conflicts make the future seem bleak, but Professor Kent, in his course, offers plausible solutions and the possibility of peace.
His most valuable point is that he wants to teach and he wants to see his students succeed.
He is very knowledgeable on the subject matter, but thinks everyone is just as wise as him.
22. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I don't think there is any least valuable things about him.
His lectures towards the ending of the course were repetitive, I felt he was just trying to kill time.
Although point of views were valued from each student. He still steered students to his perspectives and thoughts.
I admire Noel Kent's kindness and compassion relating to human consciousness.
Professor Kent teaches in a very loose manner, and does not necessarily adhere to a set structure. I found this to be helpful (as I do enjoy learning in this manner) but can be confusing at times. It is important to note that this is a new course so for me, a set structure was not expected. The flow of the course was enjoyable for me though as it did challenge me to think more critically and also motivated me to keep up with current national and world event.
same as above
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
witty, funny, understanding
Knowledgeable, passionate
Intelligent,educated and respectable
Brilliant, passionate, and unique.
Intelligent, Respectful, Thought-Provoking
Passionate and Involved.
knowledgable, passionate about ethnic conflict, interesting
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
25. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Professor Kent is awesome! I definitely recommend anyone to take his classes. They will leave the class with a lot of knowledge about anything happening around the world. I know I did.
He is a good professor and I learned alot but I didnt like how he seemed to be throwing the course together as he went along.
His a very good instructor
Dr. Kent is a brilliant human being who is passionate, kind, and unique. He challenged me intellectually and has given quality and richness to my educational experience at University of Hawaii Manoa. He is in my opinion, one of the most exquisite human beings i have met at University of Hawaii. More educators should model his excellency of quality education within the University of Hawaii's educational systems.
He is clearly a great Professor. I appreciate this course and considering it is a new course, I am happy to have experienced it before I graduate.
this course really challenged me but I do not think I would recommend it to anyone.
26. Other comments:
The dog that came created a very cool atmosphere.
Thank you for your excellency and the quality of content in my educational journey towards a higher learning level of consciousness.
His dog is always a pleasant addition to the classroom atmosphere!

Noel Kent: ES420, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 420 - American Ethnic & Race Relatns Crn (Section): 75566 (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  
3.21 14 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 5 (36%) 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  
1.57 14 0.51 Freq(%) 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 1 (7%) 9 (64%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 9 (64%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 14 1.41 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%)
9. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I thoroughly enjoyed the videos and hope that he switches to DVDs. It was a bit sad when some of the videos didn't work because it helped my understanding of the era we were discussing it class. I also liked the articles, they challenged me and made me think more critically.
When the class would get into two seperate groups and we would talk about a given topic. By doing this we got to communicate with our peers and get to understand different perspectives and ideas of other people.
The class discussions were very beneficial.
I thought the readings and the movies we watched in class were the most valuable, all of them were very engaging.
Discussion
The Service Learning
The readings and videos, service learning
The varied use of social media, film, books and articles to further my understanding.
i was able to look at events within our most current history and evaluate my stance and opinions on them in a more intellectual aspect.
the selected readings and in-class videos were the most enlightening to me personally, as well as the in-class conversations/ discussions/ debates
Discussions and student involvement.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
All aspects were valuable really.
none
I thought all aspects of the course were valuable.
Out dated articles
The readings
The lack of analytic discussion, Kent's passive "storytime" teaching style
Although some of the films/articles he used in class were still applicable today, it would be nice if he used more films/articles published in the last five years. It is great to use information from in the 80s/90s, but it would have been better to do a modern look at race/ethnic relations with films from our generation.
The course felt quite repetitive. The content in which we spoke about in class became dull at some points and the arguments were the same.
The service learning seemed very disconnected from the rest of the course and, although i enjoyed participating in what i chose to do, it really did not relate to anything i learned in the class.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
14. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Switch from VHS to DVD.
Maybe have more group time.
The grading for the papers seemed to be a little inconsistent.
I liked the group exercises we did, I thought those were interesting.
More CURRENT (like past 2-3 years) content
More discussions.
By listening to the feedback he gets from students, being engaging, being more careful with his word choices, continuing to learn about modern issues and broadening the way he speaks to match the subject he teaches, reading racial theory by women of color, being an advocate, Educating himself about the governments structures in the "arab world" before making ignorant generalizations about all women in those countries being excluded and not being able to vote, and by giving more specific instructions on papers more than two days before they are due. Not saying that it's okay for students to still think that all people are equal and racism doesn't exist, because it's not okay, it's really harmful for everyone to hear that cause it means the people who do think that have permission to say those things to people who experience racism and that is not an okay thing for him to even jokingly allow.
Better facilitate dialogue on race and ethnicity within our classroom. This has been one of the most racially diverse classes I have ever been in; therefore, I felt that there would be more dialogue between the students. Like I previously said, use more updated material to present the problems.
Find ways in order to engage students in a more enthusiastic manor in order to gain optimal participation.
ditch the VHS cassettes and force yourself to actually learn how to properly utilize the giant touch screen in the room
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He makes himself available to talk about your grade/papers after class or by appointment.
He understood his material well. Got the class to communicate how they felt about certain topics.
Professor Kent was always willing to let students speak their mind. This made the class discussions more beneficial and informative.
I particularly liked Kent's lectures, I always thought they were very thought-provoking and informative.
Knowledgeable
Great paper feedback
He provides historical background and context to the issues we discuss.
Professor Kent is obviously intelligent and I admired that he encouraged us to imagine the possibilities of a better society/community.
He was very knowledgeable about the topics discussed and addressed them in a very open non-biased manor.
His sincerity and respect for all students.
Fantastic Teacher, with passion and strong knowledge base with material and interpersonal communication psychology. Was careful with his delivery of sensitive material to and from students.
17. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Nothing.
I found that he had semi-high expectations in our papers. Which of course every teacher should have, however, he was just kind of a tough grader, but at the same time I understand.
His computer and technology skills could use a little help, but I am also horrible with technology so I can relate. It was never a problem thanks to the wonderful ladies at the front desk.
Possibly more criteria on what was required for review articles.
Out dated content
none
His laziness when it comes to using appropriate labels for racial and ethnic groups, he calls it a "great class" but doesn't realize that many of the students have stopped saying things in the discussion, and shoot uncomfortable/frustrated looks back and forth amongst themselves, he hasn't bother to get two students' names right all semester and our class is small, he wastes class time because he doesnt know how to use the computer, vcr, or smart board.
The fact that he would use stereotypes in class and call people out based on their race.
His occasional complacency in letting certain students "rant" from time to time. Granted it seemed he would do so for lack of any better student driven conversation or out of respect for the student
18. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Inspiring, intelligent, outspoken.
Educated Caring Intelligent
Open-minded, fair, passionate
passionate, intelligent
White, educated
Dedicated and willing
old stubborn well-meaning
Observant and easy to talk to.
informative thought provoking
well informed. unabashed
Intimidating, mysterious, straight forward.
19. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
I think he's a wonderful teacher. He helped me broaden my understanding of race relations in America because I was rather ignorant to it all. It was a fun class and he's a rather caring teacher.I was rather surprised when he had students meet with him to talk about their papers if they were a B- or below. At the 400-level courses, I think more teachers should be doing the same things with their students.
Professor Kent is a good teacher and cares about his students.
Great professor! I would not hesitate to take a class with him in the future.
overall I thought he was a great professor. He tended to ramble on a bit at times, but I always thoughts his lectures were very insightful and thought- provoking, so I felt they were very necessary. It is obvious that he is very knowledgeable on the subject and a seasoned-professor in this course, which allowed him to express his thoughts and opinions a lot better.
decent professor, droning lectures
Great teacher
pretty negative. There are okay parts but I'm not comfortable in this class. I wish I had taken it with someone else. Class started interesting and engaging and went downhill as the semester went on.
needs to possibly re-evaluate himself as a teacher.
average professor
excellent. Just not so much with technology
He was a outstanding instructor, who genuinely personifies what he teaches and raises important questions that intellectually stimulate students.
20. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 14 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 3 (21%)
21. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked that he encouraged us to stretch our minds and think critically of the world. I also liked when he told us about some current new. I'm often stuck in my everyday routine or work and school and often don't find any time to read up on today's controversy. SERVICE LEARNING: I always wanted to do service learning but never had the chance to. I loved working at the shelter and if I have time in the future I'll make it a point to go out there and help.
Our discussions on race and immigration
Class discussions. Having Chase in the classroom always brought a smile to my face. I think he really makes the class!
I particularly liked the section where we talked about 1900 and how the concept of "We the People" has a greater affect on American politics, society, and history.
Group discussion
The service learning
Being able to analyze things that we read, when Kent actually got up and drew pictures on the board to explain we the people and we learned
The videos gave a lot of personal views which most people don't have the opportunity to see on a day to day basis
in-class discussion and the essays
The out of class service learning requirement, which engaged me with the community and broadened my views of issues surrounding my community.
22. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Group discussions: Maybe split the class into smaller groups. When discussing an article sometimes everyone says everything you're going to say so by the time it comes around to you to say something, there's nothing new to add.
I do think it is important to do service learning however being a senior it was kind of hard making hours because I had to balance out work and school
Although I thought all of the aspects of the course were generally valuable and important, the Rubin book felt a little winded. Don't misunderstand, while I thought the book was interesting, perhaps it would be better if we were certain chapters of the book.
Out dated content
none
listening to Kent sit on a table and talk quietly to himself while we listen and he asks rhetorical questions
I didn't like the repetitiveness of the arguments.
Reading responses, I had a hard time relating to many of the articles posted, and thus was not as passionate or through with my reports as I would have liked to have been.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was a fun class and a great experience. I definitely felt that it was more than a class because it had life lessons, too. I'm stuck in my courses for my major 24/7 so having a controversial class really put out of my comfort zone and it was great!
Overall, I really enjoyed this course, at times I felt like we had some students in the class who spoke their minds maybe a little too much on a personal level, however I do appreciate a class where we can relate our outside experiences to what we are learning in class, it make the topics and lectures alot more interesting.
Great class!
I thought the course was very important and interesting. We covered many different aspects of race relations and I always thought the lectures/films were very valuable and relevant to each topic. I would definitely recommend this class to other students, because I think everyone should be aware of these issues.
decent course
I liked it. Would recommend it to a friend.
This course has the potential to be eye opening and inspiring and make students want to get interested in social issues, Kent's framing of it might have done that in spite of its lack of passion, but he doesn't do the course material justice. I tried so hard to be on his page, but I couldn't.
that I would have liked more class discussion and dialogues to really talk about race and ethnicity. Get to know my classmates.
average
excellent so long as it's taught by an excellent teacher. I can imagine this course being uncomfortable at the least and simply offensive at the worst if it were taught by the wrong teacher
Intimidating, invigorating and powerful course. It was a great class, that I wish I was better prepared had preformed stronger in.
24. Other comments:
Had a fun semester. Thank you, Professor Kent!
The only real critique I have of the class is have much more solid criteria on what to write for the review article. Although the questions were helpful, I thought most of those questions were just summaries of the entire article, rather than analyzing it critically. Sometimes it was hard to approach/write the articles because I wasn't always clear on what to write. Other than that, I thought the articles we read were all very interesting. Have a good break!
none
I know this was really harsh, but I hope he reads this and listens and it upsets or challenges him enough to do something about it so that other students don't have to experience what our class did and he can be better and do better.

Noel Kent: ES420, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 420 - American Ethnic & Race Relatns Crn (Section): 76099 (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  
3.19 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 5 (31%) 7 (44%) 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  
1.6 16 0.51 Freq(%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 16 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 16 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 8 (50%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 7 (44%)
8. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 16 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
9. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 16 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 5 (31%) 6 (38%)
10. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 16 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 6 (38%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Honestly, I cannot think of anything I would change. This has been my favorite class I've ever taken at UH.
N/A
not sure
The least valuable aspects of the course in my opinion were none. I enjoyed being able to have a class where we all sit down and discuss a topic, rather than have a lecture about it. It created a way for me to experience/hear my classmates ideas, creating new thoughts and ideas overall.
I believe that all of the aspects in this course were valuable.
The fact that he does not follow the syllabus bothered me the most. That is the contract between student and teacher.
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
14. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
15. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 16 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 5 (31%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
18. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
For every paper, professor Kent provided us with a set of questions to answer as a guide. This was very helpful when getting started.
His enthusiasm for what he teaches inspired me to learn more. He challenges us to try out new perspectives. He gets interesting class discussions flowing. He tells good stories. He is an expert at his subject. He brings up interesting and relavant current events. He keeps the class interesting by moving it forward with new topics each week or so. He does not lecture too much, but incorporates videos and peer presentations. He sets very clear guidelines for his papers and questions that he wants us to answer in our writing.
Opened my eyes to different perspectives of race and ethnicity. My personal perspectives have also broadened.
He was very approachable and made the class enjoyable.
He always presented both sides for every point or argument. It's helpful in seeing both sides of an issue before deciding where you stand.
He goes over the material at a good pace while covering all the details.
He was willing to help students who were very busy outside of class by assigning some homework early and by giving make-up work.
Mr. Kent has a very concise method of breaking down an issue for critical thinking. This is important for the learning process since students need to exercise the reasoning behind our decisions. Mr. Kent is also an "old- school" instructor; thus, technology is not his expertise. However, writing notes, oral exercises, and having no student-technology involved really helps the students gain a better learning habit.
he is very open minded and accepting of everyone.
I found his enthusiasm and passion for spreading knowledge a great asset because it made his class interesting; a class I wanted to come to everyday. Even though the entirety of the work consisted of reading books/articles and then writing papers, he supplied prompts that made the work interesting to write about. I'm just sad that I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to really be able to devote my time to this class.
I felt that the course was very valuable. What help more was not the course itself but on how i write essays.
He was not helpful whatsoever.
20. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I have no idea
Nothing.
Strict grading were at times discouraging.
N/A
He would sometimes appear to feel that students were the sole persons at fault for not finding their required service learning work in time, however his colleague Ulla Hassager would often take months to respond to them. This happened to me and it has happened to others I have talked to. She was in the end helpful, as was Professor Kent, but she needs to make a greater effort to respond to the students who e-mail her and he needs to understand that she often does not respond in time and that this is not the student's fault. The two of them should discuss this together beforehand and do something about it so that unsuspecting students are not left stressing over it near the end of the semester.
nothing.
The least valuable aspect about Dr. Kent was his lack of technological mastery. It was great having a smart board to be able to use, which was pretty cool, but kind of a hassle whenever we tried to watch any video/dvd/online video. It kind of took alot of time away from the class just having to mess with it, and then having to find someone to come and fix it.
Every aspect of the course was valuable.
He was the worst teacher I have had at the University of Hawaii. He is completely biased against certain students in the class, making it difficult to actually succeed and learn the material. He does not try to make his students better writers, but instead criticizes them without giving constructive criticism.
His grading is harsh
21. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Brilliant professor
Intelligent, Nice, Well-read
Intellectual, Inquisitive, Knowledgable
Humorous and Approachable
Funny and informative
Contemplative, demonstrative
Insightful critical thinker
insightful, wise, caring
difficult, fair.
BIASED OLD GEEZER
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.27 16 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
23. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.81 16 1.28 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 6 (38%)
24. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 16 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (50%) 5 (31%)
25. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
26. Audiovisual materials (or computers) helped to clarify difficult concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 7 (44%)
27. Other comments:
Great professor and great class. Look forward to taking another class from Professor Kent in the future.
I loved the class and learned more than I ever though I would about race and ethnic relations. Professor Kent is one of the best teachers I have ever had.
Although many of us did not use the opportunity to have him correct our papers, I believe for future students it will be beneficial for them to be able to have him read over papers before the final is due.
The videos and the articles we had to write on were very engaging. We had a lot to discuss and the articles brought up very real racial tensions among different people. This course forced you to deal with the ethical challenges of certain issues and really made you look inside yourself to what your definition of right amd wrong is and why or how you came To feel that way about a particular topic.
N/A
All in all, it was an interesting class. It encouraged students to be analytical. I express my thanks to Professor Kent - Ethnic Studies isn't my favorite subject but he made the class worth taking.
First, it would have been best to indicate that this course has a seventeen- hour service learning requirement. Students like me live across the island where bus is the only mode of transportation. Thus, time is very limited from the very beginning. Second, the style of writing a good essay varies from every instructor; therefore, a detailed rubric of key points should have been acknowledged.
I think you don't really need to assign the book "Reading the Color Line". I never read it the entire semester, but was able to pick up on the topics that we were talking about in class through short overviews given by either you or the classmates. Having something like that I think would be easier on everybody's wallets. Also, posting the articles or videos on laulima for the readings would be a good idea to save paper, and make it easier to access for students who may need another reference to them
The way you grade papers are very difficult. Though i have answered the questioned assigned to the readings, i believe that most of the deductions were made from aspects of the paper that needed to be more explained.
NEVER TAKE PROFESSOR KENT. HE SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO TEACH IF HE DOESN'T EVEN GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO EXCEL. FOR THE EXTRA CREDIT, HE GAVE ME A 265 PAGE BOOK TO READ AND WRITE A REACTION, WHERE HE GAVE ANOTHER STUDENT A 5 PAGE ARTICLE TO READ INSTEAD. I ASKED FOR AN ALTERNATIVE READING AND HE GAVE ME A SINGLE PAGE ARTICLE TO WRITE 4-5 PAGES ON. HE IS BIASED!!! DO NOT TAKE THIS TEACHER, HE WILL CLAIM YOU ARE ABSENT WHEN IN REALITY YOU WERE IN CLASS. WATCH YOUR BACK WITH THIS LIAR. NOTE TO PROFESSOR KENT: I HOPE YOU HAVE A CRAPPY AND LONELY LIFE IN HELL. THIS WORLD WOULD BE HAPPIER WITHOUT TEACHERS LIKE YOU.

Noel Kent: ES420, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 420 - American Ethnic & Race Relatns Crn (Section): 81313 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 8 (53%)
4. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
8. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%) 1 (7%)
9. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Disucssing race relations in America broadened my perspective on the topic. Growing up in Hawai'i limits me to the types of discrimination other races face in the mainland. I feel more knowledgable on the types of issues among minorities, white races, and the nation in all.
Seeing different aspects of race - seeing where racial stereotypes come from, etc.
Learning more about American Race and Ethnic relations, Its not talked about much in mainstream media and discussions therefore this class allowed me to develop a greater understanding of this content
Current events related to American ethic relations
The guest speakers were very interesting and provided a first hand view on the topics we were learning about. The problem solving small groups were also fun and interesting.
Events outside of Hawai'i
the service learning project. the discussions about the working class, african american slavery, and mexican immigration were thought provoking as well.
all of it
I found the article reviews pared with the complementary videos to be most beneficial.
This was a very passionate subject that evolves in our society today and I was glad to have taken this course that broadened my horizon even more.
The method the instructor asked the questions to analyze the situation[s] read. The movies that were shown supported what we learned in class. The textbook[s] were informational and interesting. I enjoyed being in his class. I hope to be able to locate another course he may be instructing.
11. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Giving me the interest in pursuing an ethnic studies certificate.
racial tensions in america
The multiple aspects of immigration we learned about.
talking about how laws effect people differently
thinking about the ethnic issues of then
the service learning project and the dog.
the professor's genuine care for humanity and the people living in the United States who are under-privleged due to their race and ethnicity
the class discussions and the videos like a class divided.
How small this class room was; it allowed the students to have intellectual discussions in a very intimate classroom.
The classmates I have met. They were all extremely friendly and were not afraid to join in on the lectures. I will remember all of my classes like that.
12. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
13. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
15. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
17. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Possibly Professor Kent can encourage more group work to enhance student engagement and relationships.
N/A
Only suggestion is to possibly have hand outs or emails with the exact questions that we should address in the writing assignments.
being more flexible with deadlines
More small group discussion.
Just keep on educating us students towards making good decisions
i appreciated noel's thoughts, but i wish there was more class discussion.
possibly by including literature from both sides of certain arguments as a way of reducing personal bias and opinion
When assigning papers, I would have wanted him to give us a layout of exactly what he wanted rather than stating the questions verbally. It would have helped a lot if there was a structure that he wanted us to follow rather than for us to answer the questions he briefly went over in class.
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He was very knowledgable on the subject and challenged my writing skills to make me really think about the content.
N/A
Passion as an instructor
service learning
He was very engaged in the topics and discussion.
No bias towards any issue.
he put more emphasis on understanding ideas than he did papers.
His enthusiasm for teaching
The most valuable part about Noel Kent was his approach to include all students in the class discussions and continuity of relatable subjects throughout the year.
He's willing to help his students and he's very passionate about this particular subject. He helped us broaden our perspective on the continuous societal problems and to approach problems by using our critical thinking skills.
His encouragement and true interest in this topic.
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.47 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 7 (47%)
21. Other comments:
I loved this course and feel that it was the reason I will pursue an Ethnic Studies certificate.
Really enjoyed the class
Really enjoy having Chase come to class!
I hope you'll bring Chase to all your other classes too! :)

Noel Kent: ES301, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 301 - Ethnic Identity Crn (Section): 89232 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 9 (56%)
4. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
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%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 16 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 8 (50%) 5 (31%)
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The one theme we had in the class was about ethnicity and race. We use this theme for discussing different kinds of videos and from books. The theme itself is very valuable and is the main component of the course.
Allowed me to reflect upon myself and apply our learnings to real-world instances.
the lectures
The service learning was, by far, the most valuable part of the course. Almost nothing taught in a classroom can substitute for actual real life experience.
i liked the service learning and i enjoyed the novels and articles that we read.
discussion after a book reading gives you a better understanding of the story along with different viewpoints from different people.
talking about the different races of people was very interesting to me i enjoyed the class.
everything
Learning about different races and ethnic identities. Learning how important each are.
I enjoyed most of the class. It drove me to think more about relationships and caused me to think about my own identity. The most valuable aspect of the course is the thought processes that the content cause me to have, and the new world views that I have acquired because of it.
Chance
The documentary films, such as Blood and Crips, among the others, were really helpful, because it allowed us to analyze real life case studies of ethnic identity issues.
The Service Learning
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
Sometimes too long of a discussion and too broad questions for in-class discussion.
The text book. It was so painful to read, that it was hard to absorb the material being taught.
nothing a professor puts up for students can't valuable.
no comments
none
All the content was relevant, but I wish we had more time to watch the whole movies. I found myself going out to rent the videos to better reflect on what we learned in class.
10. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
I gained a lot of insight after taking ethnic studies. Through the ethnic studies program, we were required to put in hours for community service. I chose to work at a homeless shelter and I was able to open up to new ideas more. I have gained a lot of experience from this and may want to continue to help a bit. The professor was interesting and he was able to make the class itself interesting. I learned a lot from him and changed my way of how I view the world. The way of thinking of the professor, I believe, have benefitted me.
Things from this course that will benefit me personally include self-reflection and becoming aware of my own sense of identity as well as how it is played out among others in this world. From this course, I am benefited most in our Service Learning too because it always makes a even the smallest difference to help out others in need.
a better understanding of the world
From this course I gained a greater social awareness, and I am forcing myself to evaluate identity issues in my life and the life of those around me.
i've never learned about ethnic and racial values so it was great to have learned so much about it. every reading we've done was important and will benefit my future ahead.
How to deal with other people of other races in a more positve way
it's much easier now to identify with other aspects of my identity.
Just shows how fluid identity is. Nothing is ever stagnant.
The knowledge that helps me to understand behavior in relationships based on how people identify themselves and others.
The aspects of identity that are tied into daily lives, experiences and the history of people
11. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
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%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
13. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
How? I don't know! He did great overall!! Maybe he can assign us more papers to write. We watched videos in class and weren't required to write a video review. Maybe, he should add that on to the list of assignments?
N/A Good course.
Find a more exciting, up-to-date text book. Perhaps ditch the text, and add in another relevant non-fiction novel that deals with issues of identity.
the textbook that we used was incredibly hard to read and understand. he also graded the papers harshly and was very picky about HOW we addressed the questions for our papers.
i understand that he tried very hard to get students to cooperate with eachother to speak their minds but this semester's bunch was quite quiet... perhaps think of another way of getting students to opening up to discussion.
HE IS GOOD ALREADY AT WHAT HE DOES
N/a
I think he did good. Would be cool to have guest speakers of different origins to talk about their experiences rather than reading.
Invite students to functions or events that help us to experiece relationships in the community from and ethnic identity students point of view.
15. Comment on the instructor's professional attitude and behavior.
He has a great personality. He is one of the most interesting professors out there. He doesn't like to hesitate and lets go of his thoughts freely. Some people may disagree with what he says, but I personally believe what he says is right. The professor really has a kind heart and I hope a lot of professors at UH are like him in some ways.
Helpful and understadning attitude and behavior.
very good
He is very professional.
as a person he's very nice and allowed us to turn in late work which is very appreciated.
very..."to the point", direct attitude but carries a sense of understanding his students with their problems inside and outside of school.
HE IS OLD FASHION WHEN IT COMES TO BEING IN CLASS ON TIME BUT THAT IS WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLLEGE NEED.
Professional and great attitude
Cool demeanor.
Very professional and very truthful.
16. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
As for concern for the students, he cares for each of the students individually. He makes time to meet the students during office hours. Also, he accepts late work so that students can get better grades. And he attempts to make sure everyone in the class graduates and pass the course.
Sometimes he assumes students are not paying attention and calls attention to them in front of the whole class.
very good
He shows concern when students receive a C- or below on papers. His conferences helped better understand what he wants from students.
Professor Kent seems to make time available to meet with student outside of the classroom. He will help those students who need it.
he genuinely cares about the students.
his concern for absences allows students to feel concerned about their bad habits of arriving late. if it to reoccur in the future, it may really hurt their careers.
IT SEEMS LIKE HE REALLY CARES FOR THE STUDENTS.
very concerned. very attentive to students needs and problems.
He only wants the best from his students. If you have a problem or you can't turn in a paper on time, he will give you more time to make sure you do the best you can do.
He was very concerned for the students. He challenged us on our writing skills as well as being intellectuals for a better tomorrow.
Very Concerned
17. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 9 (56%) 6 (38%)
18. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 10 (63%) 4 (25%)
19. Other comments:
I want to take a class from him again!! If there's a chance, I would. Thanks Professor Kent!
N/A
The text book for this course is what I would consider to be very clinical, which is nice only if you're a student of sociology. It was hard to read and very insistent. The novels and articles we read and discussed, however, were excellent! I would like to see more "free" discussion of personal viewpoints of the material, rather than being probed to answer questions in a way that the Professor or text book deems to be correct.
none.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF TAKING YOUR CLASS.ALOHA
Grading should be less harsh.

Noel Kent: ES420, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 420 - American Ethnic & Race Relatns Crn (Section): 81422 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 14 (93%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
4. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
9. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The essays were a valuable portion of the class, and helped to better my analyzing and writing techniques. I felt the class was the best when everyone was engaged in the topic. The videos and problem solving scenarios were excellent in showcasing the many factors that surround racial relations.
The videos he makes us watch. They definitely helped me to understand the topic of American Ethnic Race Relations a lot better.
The most valuable aspect of the course for me was the class discussion, it forced me to critical think, analize and go deeper into certain issues.
I really liked the Service learning project. It gives students hands one experience in working with lower class society. It helps to really understand what it's like and to have a little more compassion for them.
Professor Kent's assignments
Group discussions were wonderful.
I learned to think from many different perspectives in this course. Up until now, I never gave much thought about issues like immigration, racism, discrimination, etc. The many stereotypes in my head regarding people from different ethnic have changed since taking this class. Also, the service learning project has given me valuable experiences that I probably would not have pursued if I did not take this class.
Great proffessor with solid knowledge of all racial/ethical problems surrounding the US. Great info on the videos and the service learning was a real eye opener.
Opening my mind to other perspectives, and views I hadn't really thought of prior to this course.
I learned the most watching the various videos in class.
The service-learning that we had to do. I enjoyed working with the kids and have become much more open-minded and learned not to stereotype people.
Learning more about race, immigration, and ones identity. Professor Kent made us think and express how we felt on these issues.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing was 'least valuable', however I felt the course could have focused more on class discussions (which is hard to do).
The weekly readings. You can make it through the course by only doing readings for papers and for one's presentations. He makes the student summarize the content and present it during class so there's no need to read it on your own.
Noel did not send us email or handouts on question for the essay we were suppose to write, we had to memmorize it or write it down. i feel that if I'm paying to take this course I need to have course materials handed to me.
I can't think of anything that was least valuable to me.
Some of the readings were hard to sit through, sometimes repeating themes.
None. In fact, I wish the class was longer!
none
The group work. We had to get into groups with various senarios and see what we would do as a group. The senarios were really outdated and didn't spark much debate. Also, everyday someone summarized the chapters. This was counter productive because by the end of the class, I knew someone would summarize the chapter so I didn't read it. Waste of class time and my time.
The service learning requirement was difficult. While I believe the idea is in the right place, the reality is that finding time for it when balancing School, Homework, Work, and an Intership is extremely tough.
12. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
The issues which we covered that are prevalent in most of our everyday lives.
How Professor Kent was able to illustrate that American Ethnic Race Relations were not where they should have been in 2010--racism was still a problem. I am now more sensitive to racist acts (whether conscious or subconscious) in my every day life and I am thankful for that.
The Dog.
The way I have changed my thoughts on ethnic and race relations.
The problems and situations we faced that are still going on. And how to deal with them.
Professor Kent. He was very knowledgeable and very welcoming to all opinions.
The interesting course matter and the service learning.
Service Learning and the awesome discussions.
the "blue collar" video of 3rd graders learning about discrimination. Different cultures/people seeming to share similar problems
Nothing. It was a forgettable class. It was very boring and I learned nothing new that I didnt already know. For being a 400 level class it really holds easy content.
The service-learning that we were required to do.
Going to the homeless shelter. For a part of our grade Professor Kent made us take part in service learning and I took part in volunteering at the homeless shelter. By making us do that he make me think differently about life and the way people live. He gave me the change to give back to community as well as help people who are in need.
13. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
15. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
18. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
20. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
21. Reading assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
22. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
23. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
24. Other comments:
You have an excellent class with brilliant content. I think everyone should take a class similar to yours. With such a good course, I can think of very few ways to improve it. With that being said, you should try to find ways to engage the entire class in discussion (my favorite part). Of course, this is a challenging thing to do. Thank you professor Kent. This was my favorite class this semester.
Professor Kent could do a better job of e-mailing students when he said he would (he's forgotten to e-mail us the details of an assignment more than once) but other than that, he's great.
His grading can be a bit off at times.
I really enjoyed this class, although he constantly kept writing on my papers that my absences were a problem after I continued to come to class everyday, it was well worth taking his class.
Excellent teacher, really wonderful person.
Thank you for making classes "enjoyable" while also urging us to think, from other(s) eyes and views, and outside the box
Very old material and topics. Most of the articles were from 20 to 30 years ago. The teacher and the material is very outdated!

Noel Kent: ES420, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 420 - American Ethnic & Race Relatns Crn (Section): 79111 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
4. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
5. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 4 (33%)
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I liked the atmosphere, group discussions and open-ness to share thoughts and opinions in the class.
The class discussions were great.
...
The issues discussed in class not only inforced the objective of the class, but also gave a lesson in American history that we don't get in traditional textbooks.
I learned a lot doing the required community service.
Class discussion. You can always read course material and interpret it exactly opposite of what the writer is trying to portray. Even though many of my classmates came unprepared ready to discuss, I like how we separated into groups and got to discuss amongst ourselves. I think that made it easier for those who are shy to express their feelings on topics and issues.
The aspects that were most valuable to me were the ideas and beliefs of the different social classes.
learning sociological theories about race relations, discussions in class, hearing other people's opinions and hearing about their own personal experiences. it was a class about ethnicities and we all WERE actually very ethnically mixed
I felt the 'problem solving' sections were the most valuable because they allowed students to talk to each other. I do think that class participation should be emphasized more though because unfortunately some students, even within the smaller circles, did not talk. Perhaps requiring that each student talk in the circle would be a way of alleviating this.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing.
The videos played in class were good examples of racialized acts of violence but sometimes felt too vulgar. I initially thought the papers challenged me intellectually, however once I began getting deducted on works I thought were well done, I began to question what the professor really wanted.
the style of assigning the written assignments, because there is no structure and I hate how he doesn't give us a exactly how he wants each writing assignment to meet his writing standards, because he is mostly most concerned on how we write then what the ideas we state in answering the questions of that issue.
I thought everything was valuable.
Nothing. Everything I had to do in and out of class was valuable.
The least valuable aspects of the course is his ability to create a tunnel vision for everyone towards what he believes, and papers have to be written on his beliefs not our own.
We only talked bout very extreme cases of racial discrimination and racial inequality. i wished we would have discussed more marginal cases, that are less obvious, and that even more require sociological analysis.
While the video clips were interesting and quite information in and of themselves, there was very little time given to discuss the clips in-depth. This was more an aspect of timing that I felt was not portioned well in the class.
10. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
The required community service was great.
A more open understanding of what has happened in the past in regards to racial backgrounds and the mentality surrounding hate acts
This class helped me to see race relations from other's perspectives, not just my own.
the understanding of how people in this world still are and will always be discriminative and prejudice toward others of different cultures in this country and around the world.
I learned a lot about racism and discrimination that I did not know before. I did not realize how prevalent racism still was in society today. This class has made me more aware.
I learned things not only about course content, but also learned things about myself. Growing up on a small Island you have a different mentality than those raised in a more multicultural society. Especially living on campus. I take the things I learned from class back home, and try to impress them on my friends and family. My whole way of thinking, and looking at things, is much more.... i guess you could say intelligent or informed.
He has forced students to elaborate and every paper to the extreme in order to fully understand what we are saying.
I have understood some of my past experiences better/i saw them in a larger context.
I learned a lot from the other students in the course and how they think about and process information. This aspect helped me to think about how to approach difficult ethnic conversations with others.
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
12. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
15. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 12 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
18. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
19. The instructor was willing to help.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
21. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
More role playing about racism since it isnt so prevalent in Hawaii unless youre haole.
Kent is a great teacher and totally willing to help his students when they need help.
strong comments/suggestions on our writing
His knowledgeable background
His knowledge on the subject of ethnic relations in respect to our history was impressive.
He was willing and available to help all students and made class interesting by having class discussions.
His knowledge on subject matter. He is a very well informed instructor who really knows his stuff
What was most helpful about the instructor was that he knew why other ethnicities thought a certain way, and he was able to explain it.
He stimulated and encouraged class discussions. He knew the subject well.
He posits good questions for thinking and discussing.
22. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
the dog was cute but somewhat distracting
Nothing.
His criticism. He also tended to be unclear on points he wanted students to make in regards to papers
the least valuable is his approach in helping the students understand what he wants out of us when we write an assigned paper, because he doesn't make it clearly how he wants it written to fit his standards or help us out to write a better paper.
Nothing, everything in and out of class was valuable
The least valuable ideas of the professor is his ability to create a tunnel vision for everyone towards what he believes, and papers have to be written on his beliefs not our own.
inevitably for a class that deals with contemporary issues it was opinionated
His time scheduling is not what I would like. He came to class usually 5 minutes late, held class 5 minutes after class, if not 10. And I already spoke about how we don't have adequate time to discuss video clips.
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
chill, understanding
intelligent, fair and awesome
well informed, open minded
educated, reliable
open-minded
interesting, helpful, kind
Nice, helpful, resourceful, intelligent.
Good, knowledgeable, and fair.
liberal, kind, knowledgeable
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable.
24. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
25. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 4 (33%)
26. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)