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Instructor: Noel Kent

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ES420, Fall 2013
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Noel Kent: ES420, Fall 2013

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?
The varied use of social media, film, books and articles to further my understanding.
The Service Learning
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.
the selected readings and in-class videos were the most enlightening to me personally, as well as the in-class conversations/ discussions/ debates
The readings and videos, service learning
The class discussions were very beneficial.
Discussion
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.
Discussions and student involvement.
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.
I thought the readings and the movies we watched in class were the most valuable, all of them were very engaging.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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 readings
All aspects were valuable really.
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.
The lack of analytic discussion, Kent's passive "storytime" teaching style
Out dated articles
none
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.
I thought all aspects of the course were valuable.
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?
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.
More discussions.
Switch from VHS to DVD.
ditch the VHS cassettes and force yourself to actually learn how to properly utilize the giant touch screen in the room
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.
The grading for the papers seemed to be a little inconsistent.
More CURRENT (like past 2-3 years) content
Maybe have more group time.
Find ways in order to engage students in a more enthusiastic manor in order to gain optimal participation.
I liked the group exercises we did, I thought those were interesting.
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Professor Kent is obviously intelligent and I admired that he encouraged us to imagine the possibilities of a better society/community.
Great paper feedback
He makes himself available to talk about your grade/papers after class or by appointment.
His sincerity and respect for all students.
He provides historical background and context to the issues we discuss.
Professor Kent was always willing to let students speak their mind. This made the class discussions more beneficial and informative.
Knowledgeable
He understood his material well. Got the class to communicate how they felt about certain topics.
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.
He was very knowledgeable about the topics discussed and addressed them in a very open non-biased manor.
I particularly liked Kent's lectures, I always thought they were very thought-provoking and informative.
17. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
The fact that he would use stereotypes in class and call people out based on their race.
none
Nothing.
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
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.
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.
Out dated content
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.
Possibly more criteria on what was required for review articles.
18. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Observant and easy to talk to.
Dedicated and willing
Inspiring, intelligent, outspoken.
well informed. unabashed
old stubborn well-meaning
Open-minded, fair, passionate
White, educated
Educated Caring Intelligent
Intimidating, mysterious, straight forward.
informative thought provoking
passionate, intelligent
19. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
needs to possibly re-evaluate himself as a teacher.
Great teacher
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.
excellent. Just not so much with technology
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.
Great professor! I would not hesitate to take a class with him in the future.
decent professor, droning lectures
Professor Kent is a good teacher and cares about his students.
He was a outstanding instructor, who genuinely personifies what he teaches and raises important questions that intellectually stimulate students.
average professor
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.
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?
The service learning
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.
in-class discussion and the essays
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
Class discussions. Having Chase in the classroom always brought a smile to my face. I think he really makes the class!
Group discussion
Our discussions on race and immigration
The out of class service learning requirement, which engaged me with the community and broadened my views of issues surrounding my community.
The videos gave a lot of personal views which most people don't have the opportunity to see on a day to day basis
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.
22. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
none
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.
listening to Kent sit on a table and talk quietly to himself while we listen and he asks rhetorical questions
Out dated content
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
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.
I didn't like the repetitiveness of the arguments.
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.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
that I would have liked more class discussion and dialogues to really talk about race and ethnicity. Get to know my classmates.
I liked it. Would recommend it to a friend.
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!
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
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.
Great class!
decent course
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.
Intimidating, invigorating and powerful course. It was a great class, that I wish I was better prepared had preformed stronger in.
average
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.
24. Other comments:
none
Had a fun semester. Thank you, Professor Kent!
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.
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!

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?
I believe that all of the aspects in this course were valuable.
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.
not sure
Honestly, I cannot think of anything I would change. This has been my favorite class I've ever taken at UH.
The fact that he does not follow the syllabus bothered me the most. That is the contract between student and teacher.
N/A
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?
I felt that the course was very valuable. What help more was not the course itself but on how i write essays.
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.
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.
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.
He was willing to help students who were very busy outside of class by assigning some homework early and by giving make-up work.
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.
For every paper, professor Kent provided us with a set of questions to answer as a guide. This was very helpful when getting started.
He was not helpful whatsoever.
Opened my eyes to different perspectives of race and ethnicity. My personal perspectives have also broadened.
He goes over the material at a good pace while covering all the details.
He was very approachable and made the class enjoyable.
20. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Every aspect of the course was valuable.
Nothing.
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.
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.
His grading is harsh
I have no idea
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.
Strict grading were at times discouraging.
N/A
21. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
difficult, fair.
Insightful critical thinker
Intelligent, Nice, Well-read
insightful, wise, caring
Contemplative, demonstrative
Brilliant professor
BIASED OLD GEEZER
Intellectual, Inquisitive, Knowledgable
Funny and informative
Humorous and Approachable
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:
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Great professor and great class. Look forward to taking another class from Professor Kent in the future.
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.
N/A
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.

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?
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.
Current events related to American ethic relations
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
all of it
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.
Events outside of Hawai'i
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.
the service learning project. the discussions about the working class, african american slavery, and mexican immigration were thought provoking as well.
I found the article reviews pared with the complementary videos to be most beneficial.
Seeing different aspects of race - seeing where racial stereotypes come from, etc.
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.
11. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
How small this class room was; it allowed the students to have intellectual discussions in a very intimate classroom.
racial tensions in america
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 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.
thinking about the ethnic issues of then
The multiple aspects of immigration we learned about.
talking about how laws effect people differently
the service learning project and the dog.
the class discussions and the videos like a class divided.
Giving me the interest in pursuing an ethnic studies certificate.
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?
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.
being more flexible with deadlines
Only suggestion is to possibly have hand outs or emails with the exact questions that we should address in the writing assignments.
possibly by including literature from both sides of certain arguments as a way of reducing personal bias and opinion
Just keep on educating us students towards making good decisions
More small group discussion.
i appreciated noel's thoughts, but i wish there was more class discussion.
N/A
Possibly Professor Kent can encourage more group work to enhance student engagement and relationships.
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
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.
service learning
Passion as an instructor
His enthusiasm for teaching
His encouragement and true interest in this topic.
No bias towards any issue.
He was very engaged in the topics and discussion.
he put more emphasis on understanding ideas than he did papers.
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.
N/A
He was very knowledgable on the subject and challenged my writing skills to make me really think about the content.
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 hope you'll bring Chase to all your other classes too! :)
Really enjoyed the class
Really enjoy having Chase come to class!
I loved this course and feel that it was the reason I will pursue an Ethnic Studies certificate.

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?
Allowed me to reflect upon myself and apply our learnings to real-world instances.
everything
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.
discussion after a book reading gives you a better understanding of the story along with different viewpoints from different people.
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
Learning about different races and ethnic identities. Learning how important each are.
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.
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.
i liked the service learning and i enjoyed the novels and articles that we read.
Chance
talking about the different races of people was very interesting to me i enjoyed the class.
the lectures
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Sometimes too long of a discussion and too broad questions for in-class discussion.
none
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.
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.
no comments
10. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
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.
it's much easier now to identify with other aspects of my identity.
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.
The aspects of identity that are tied into daily lives, experiences and the history of people
Just shows how fluid identity is. Nothing is ever stagnant.
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.
The knowledge that helps me to understand behavior in relationships based on how people identify themselves and others.
How to deal with other people of other races in a more positve way
a better understanding of the world
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?
N/A Good course.
N/a
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.
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.
I think he did good. Would be cool to have guest speakers of different origins to talk about their experiences rather than reading.
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?
Invite students to functions or events that help us to experiece relationships in the community from and ethnic identity students point of view.
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.
HE IS GOOD ALREADY AT WHAT HE DOES
15. Comment on the instructor's professional attitude and behavior.
Helpful and understadning attitude and behavior.
Professional and great attitude
very..."to the point", direct attitude but carries a sense of understanding his students with their problems inside and outside of school.
Cool demeanor.
He is very professional.
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.
Very professional and very truthful.
as a person he's very nice and allowed us to turn in late work which is very appreciated.
HE IS OLD FASHION WHEN IT COMES TO BEING IN CLASS ON TIME BUT THAT IS WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLLEGE NEED.
very good
16. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
Sometimes he assumes students are not paying attention and calls attention to them in front of the whole class.
very concerned. very attentive to students needs and problems.
Professor Kent seems to make time available to meet with student outside of the classroom. He will help those students who need it.
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.
Very Concerned
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 shows concern when students receive a C- or below on papers. His conferences helped better understand what he wants from 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.
He was very concerned for the students. He challenged us on our writing skills as well as being intellectuals for a better tomorrow.
he genuinely cares about the students.
IT SEEMS LIKE HE REALLY CARES FOR THE STUDENTS.
very good
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:
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.
Grading should be less harsh.
I want to take a class from him again!! If there's a chance, I would. Thanks Professor Kent!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF TAKING YOUR CLASS.ALOHA

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.
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.
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.
Professor Kent's assignments
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.
Group discussions were wonderful.
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.
Learning more about race, immigration, and ones identity. Professor Kent made us think and express how we felt on these issues.
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.
Opening my mind to other perspectives, and views I hadn't really thought of prior to this course.
The videos he makes us watch. They definitely helped me to understand the topic of American Ethnic Race Relations a lot better.
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).
None. In fact, I wish the class was longer!
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.
Some of the readings were hard to sit through, sometimes repeating themes.
I can't think of anything that was least valuable to me.
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.
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.
none
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.
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.
Service Learning and the awesome discussions.
The Dog.
Professor Kent. He was very knowledgeable and very welcoming to all opinions.
The way I have changed my thoughts on ethnic and race relations.
The interesting course matter and the service learning.
The problems and situations we faced that are still going on. And how to deal with them.
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.
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.
the "blue collar" video of 3rd graders learning about discrimination. Different cultures/people seeming to share similar problems
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.
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.
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.
Very old material and topics. Most of the articles were from 20 to 30 years ago. The teacher and the material is very outdated!
Thank you for making classes "enjoyable" while also urging us to think, from other(s) eyes and views, and outside the box
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.

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?
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
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 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.
I liked the atmosphere, group discussions and open-ness to share thoughts and opinions in the class.
The class discussions were great.
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.
I learned a lot doing the required community service.
...
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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.
Nothing.
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.
I thought everything was valuable.
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.
10. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
I have understood some of my past experiences better/i saw them in a larger context.
This class helped me to see race relations from other's perspectives, not just my own.
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.
The required community service was great.
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 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.
A more open understanding of what has happened in the past in regards to racial backgrounds and the mentality surrounding hate acts
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.
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?
He stimulated and encouraged class discussions. He knew the subject well.
His knowledge on the subject of ethnic relations in respect to our history was impressive.
He posits good questions for thinking and discussing.
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.
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 was willing and available to help all students and made class interesting by having class discussions.
His knowledgeable background
strong comments/suggestions on our writing
22. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
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.
the dog was cute but somewhat distracting
Nothing.
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.
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.
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
liberal, kind, knowledgeable
open-minded
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable.
chill, understanding
intelligent, fair and awesome
Nice, helpful, resourceful, intelligent.
Good, knowledgeable, and fair.
interesting, helpful, kind
educated, reliable
well informed, open minded
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%)