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Instructor: Patricia Steinhoff

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SOC357, Spring 2012
SOC750, Fall 2011
SOC357, Fall 2010
SOC750, Fall 2010

Patricia Steinhoff: SOC357, Spring 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 357 - Sociology of Japan Crn (Section): 88431 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 24 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 21 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 24 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (38%) 15 (63%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 24 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 5 (21%) 13 (54%)
4. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 24 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 7 (29%) 11 (46%)
5. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 24 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (21%) 5 (21%) 14 (58%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 24 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 7 (29%) 13 (54%)
7. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 24 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 5 (21%) 6 (25%) 11 (46%)
8. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 24 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 7 (29%) 11 (46%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 24 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 15 (63%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 24 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 3 (13%) 5 (21%) 14 (58%)
11. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 24 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 7 (29%) 12 (50%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 24 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 6 (25%) 13 (54%)
13. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 6 (25%) 15 (63%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 24 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 5 (21%) 14 (58%)
15. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
A good professor who really knows her subject well.
good teacher
Has great knowledge in the field. Explains the material throughly.
She's a very informative teacher, she really knows her material
I lost a lot of respect for this teacher when it became obvious every class she was going to lecture us about plagerism. I thought that technique was highly unmotivating and insulting. Her stories last the majority of class time and the goal behind the lectures are unclear. I wouldn't take another class from her.
boring. She puts ALL of the students to sleep. She talks on and on and on about stories from when she was in Japan years ago which does relate to what we are learning, but she does so in such a way that bores everyone. She is very enthusiastic about the Japanese people and culture, but she needs to present the material in a different way, possibly. If she were to teach this class again, I think she would put all of the students to sleep and the majority of people in this class are upperclassmen. Everything she discusses in directly in her powerpoint lectures. As of this survey, I have not received my draft for our research paper back so I am not sure how her feedback will enhance my writing. She is available for help though and shows knowledge, but presents it in a boring way.
This clas was probably the most boring class I have ever taken at UH. She might have known alot about the subject but was so boring presenting it every day by same long powerpoint and lecture. Half the class was sleeping, playing on cell phones and just never got into the subject. To make this course better she needs to re think her teaching style. The comments on the papers seem to be really negative maybe she could have had a different approach....
a very hard, but good corrector of essay writing. She will break down your entire paper, but because of it you will get a much, much better one! Even as I write this, I'm scared I'm disappointing her by making any grammatical/structural errors! I learned a lot about Japanese life and society, she taught it in a good way. I'm glad I took this course because it really, really helped my writing. She was also gracious about extending our essay deadlines which helped a lot! The exams are nice because she gives the material to be studied (that helped so much!) Great semester Patricia!
Professor Steinhoff is very knowledgeable about Sociology of Japan and gave interesting examples to illustrate points. She is interested in the academic achievement of her students.
A very knowledgeable teacher who wants her students to learn and improve.
Her expertise is unquestionable. Its obvious that she has devoted herself entirely to her field. She is also a very effective teacher. She is a captivating lecturer. She can be stern but is always more than fair. She expects nothing but your best.
she gives great examples in class.
16. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.67 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 17 (71%) 0 (0%)
17. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 11 (46%) 9 (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  
4.04 23 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 1 (4%) 10 (43%) 9 (39%)
19. Exams are creative and require original thought.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 24 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (29%) 16 (67%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
structure of the midterm/final examination.
group activities
Some writing assignments were helpful. For example, the assignment where we had to cite our sources helped me when we had to write our research paper. Otherwise, everything else in the class was boring.
I enjoyed most of the lectures in the beginning, with all of the different situations and examples she would give.
The tests were essay test's This Is what i liked about the course and the TA was very helpful!
I liked all the topics!
I liked the lectures. They were fun and informative. Her personal stories really brought the lessons home for us.
I liked how we could dive into the learning of the Japanese culture.
the japanese concepts
21. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Some of the group activities felt a little redundant when we had to share basically the same info from each person in a group.
one major research paper rather than multiple smaller ones.
it's a lot of lecture
I did not like working in the discussion groups. Those class periods seem a little disorganized. I think she could have assigned just a worksheet for those assignments that we could do on our own and submit. I may have not enjoyed it since the classmates I was grouped with did not understand the assignment or instructions well. I also did not like the ambiguous free response midterm. She did not help us study for the exam or answer questions we had. The lectures were also very boring.
The 15 page paper. I'm aware she wanted a long polished piece, but I think, for an undergrad writing intensive, you'd learn a lot more with multiple smaller papers (three five page papers, or even two seven page papers - one on the stuff before the midterm and one on the stuff afterwards) on different topics rather than a really long one on a single topic, where many students will simply end up trying to write 5+ pages of filler.
The same boring powerpoints and dry lectures could have made the course better.
I disliked that there were so many powerpoint lectures. I would have liked to learn more about how to do research in sociology.
I wasn't a fan of group work. Students were not equally interested and driven to complete tasks. Many times a few good students were dragged down by the less interested.
japanese words were needed to answer test questions.
22. My overall evaluation of this course is...
good.
Boring. I did not like this class overall.
Most of the lectures were interesting, lots of time given for the paper and assignments. The personal stories of the professor's life experiences were probably some of the most interesting lectures I've ever had at UH - those particular ones were easy to understand and easy to listen to.
I would not recommend this course taught be this professor!!
Great course, very useful for those planning to study or live in Japan.
A very interesting class that I learned a lot in.
Good course, I would recommend it to a friend. The final paper is very demanding but I think we did get a lot out of it.
great class
23. Other comments:
The TA was helpful and nice. She graded fairly and was available for help.
I wish slides were put online a little earlier so that I could print them out for class.
use less japanese words for non-japanese speakers.

Patricia Steinhoff: SOC750, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 750 - Seminar in Social Movements Crn (Section): 75497 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
6. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
7. I improved my abilities to do the kinds of writing used by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
9. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I liked that the course was organized around the development of social movement theory, and that the overall aim was to provide us with theories to apply to our own research.
I like a lot when she keeps asking us almost every week about our project so that motivates me to start working the project since the beginning of the semester. The thing I value the most in the class is the readings in the coursepack are useful but the language uses are complicated to understand. Among all articles, I like the one about Framing process the most.
everything, particularly the professor's lectures, class discussions, readings, and assignments.
Dr. Steinhoffâ??s class offers me practical knowledge and skills that advanced my research skills. With the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the current Occupy Wall Street movement, studying social movements turned out to be a timely course to take. I really enjoyed the class. Dr. Steinhoff provided more than 4 pages of suggestions and comments for a paper draft to each student. I know no other professor who does this. It is simply good to know that there is a unique professor who spends such time and effort to each student for a term paper. Also, at the end of the class, Dr. Steinhoff always addressed what the next readings would be talking about, and it helped me a lot. Such a seemingly small thing makes a big difference in student's life. Dr. Steinhoff provided me an irreplaceable opportunity to advance my study, and I appreciate it very much.
Great materials and discussion
research projects that we carried individually on a movement each one of us selected based on our own interests allowed me to understand the materials better, to apply this understanding to a real-world movement and to improve research skills. great challenge! also, office hours were most helpful.
10. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
I would have like more of an opportunity to engage critically with the readings.
I think the Blackwell Companion to Social Movement text book is not really important because most of the reading articles that she assigned for us to read in this textbook are quite similar to readings in the courspack.
Nothing
I cannot think of any.
Too many reading and we have no enough time discuses in much more detail
i enjoyed the course so can't really think of anything that was least valuable or helpful.
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
12. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
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 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
16. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
17. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
18. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
19. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
20. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
21. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
22. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
23. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
24. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
25. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Perhaps by changing the grading structure so there is less weight on our final paper
I think the way it is workking well. Dr. Steinhoff could effectevely lead the student to write a good paper, and that's what the student need to learn in academia.
The teaching method was good due to she usually invites the student involvement
i was careful to comment on others' projects so if there is more encouragement to discuss them and to relate to other cases that could be interesting.
27. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
28. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
29. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The course is very important and give me thoughtful knowledge about social movement in the past and be able to discuss current movement in the globe.
This course is really helpful.
Excellent. thank you for the wonderful learning experience
I am glad that I took this course. The class is pleasantly structured, and taught by a genuine scholar. I also enjoyed the student body in the class. I could learn with peace of mind, and that in turn advanced my study. The reading materials were carefully prepared and that helped me when I had to go back to any particular reading. Overall, this is a class of plentiful lerning opportunities. Thank you for a super-class!
I strongly recommended to take this great course. I like it
very interesting course that is relevant to many issues.
30. Other comments:
Dr.Steinhoff is a very supportive profess and I enjoy learning in her class.
Beyound the classroom, this class offered me an unexpected outcome. That is, this class will reshape my reserch question. I am happy that, thanks to Dr. Steinhoff and the Takazawa Collection, I could find the more concrete direction for my near-future research project. There is nothing more exciting than that in life regardless of its outcome. I am looking foward to launching my new project. Thank you, Dr. Steinhoff, so much!!
We may have a good preparation before attending this class.

Patricia Steinhoff: SOC357, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 357 - Sociology of Japan Crn (Section): 78003 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 7 (35%) 11 (55%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 20 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (30%) 12 (60%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
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%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 20 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 12 (60%) 6 (30%)
6. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 20 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 11 (55%) 5 (25%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 20 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 8 (40%)
8. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 20 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 12 (60%) 4 (20%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 19 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 8 (42%) 6 (32%)
10. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Lots of interesting information through lectures and personal examples
Being able to site some internet sites and not plagiarize.
I learned new Japanese words from her lectures. Also I have a better understanding about Japanese society.
The lifestyles of modern Japan, and it's social movements.
Her powerpoint presentations were well developed and help me throughout the course.
I found that Professor Steinhoff's knowledge and enthusiasm towards studying Japanese society was biggest asset in this class.
The professor was the most valuable assent in the class. I have had a lot of experience in Japan so the information that we went over was not new. However, Professor Steinhoff helped guide me to a research paper that was both interesting and enjoyable to write. Without that personal touch I wouldn't have gained anything from the class content.
How she teaches, very understandable.
The concepts that we learned can be easily applied in analyzing everyday society, so I found most of the course material was the very helpful and valuable.
The instructor is incredibly knowledgeable about the material and is more than willing to answer any and all questions both during the lectures and outside of class.
I liked how we had discussions in the beginning half of the semester. I felt I was able to learn more when we did in-class exercises. This way I could hear what other people thought about our lectures just in case I didn't understand the professor during lecture. I also, liked the fact the professor throughly read our proposals and first draft. I thought the comments were really helpful.
N/A
i learned more about Japan and its society. since i am Japanese, i am more interested in where i came from.
Knowledge on Japan
11. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
VERY late grading...
we were provided with review sheets for the mid-term and finals and those were the one's that was on the exam. That was really good because we knew what to expect.
The syllabus wasn't well organized. The reading material and papers should of been on another sheet to state clearer on what is going to happen during the week ahead
I feel that having one large research paper was a bit overwhelming and would have liked to see it split into maybe a smaller 3-5 page research paper in the first half of the semester and a larger 10-12 page research paper in the latter half.
The majority of the materials were not new to me.
Nothing.
While the texts put up on Laulima were extremely interesting, I thought that the textbooks we bought were pretty useless in the long run.
There were long delays between submission dates and return dates for important work (i.e., the midterm and the first essay draft). In particular, because we aren't receiving our first draft back until 9 days before the re-write is due, I lost over a week's worth of free time I could have spent working on it. With all the other end-of-term work in my other classes, this lack of time has created some additional stress which may hamper the quality of the work. Her justification for delaying returning the work is valid; it's is just a shame the students have to be forced into a time crunch because of it.
That some teachers are too critical on their grading and assignments.
some stuff i knew already but was very interesting
NA
12. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
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%)
13. The instructor explained the writing requirements clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 20 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 7 (35%) 9 (45%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 20 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 11 (55%)
15. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 20 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
16. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 20 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 9 (45%) 8 (40%)
17. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 20 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 9 (45%) 7 (35%)
18. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 10 (50%)
19. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 20 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 7 (35%) 11 (55%)
20. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 10 (50%)
21. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 20 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 8 (40%) 9 (45%)
22. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She really knows her stuff, but it seems like she is kinda too busy to grade...
I enjoyed professor Steinhoff very much. She made the class very enjoyable and easy to comprehend! I also enjoyed a lot of her personal experiences on her studies that she shared with the class.
She's a great teacher I learned a lot from her class and she is well organized with her lectures. She is also always asking if anyone has a questions during her lecture and that was great.
A good professor, well detailed, which is a good and bad thing. Good because she covers the material well, bad, because she teaches it so slow.
A great teacher whose passion toward the subject matter shines through.
Professor Steinhoff is clearly very excited about her topic and her depth of knowledge is second to none. She seems very concerned about students and willing to make time for them. It was great to have a professor that applies the skills of teaching instead of just conveying information.
She is a great professor because I learned many things from her through her lectures and assignments.
She's a good professor and enthusiastic about the subject. I understand that she is very busy, so I don't mind if she returns papers and tests at a later time, but one thing I'd ask for improvement on is for her to give a better estimate on when she would be returning back materials. The return date tended to get pushed back farther and farther; it would have been better to tell us that we would realistically have gotten our first draft papers after Thanksgiving break.
She is a very knowledgeable researcher who clearly understands a great deal about Japanese society and has a wealth of experiences to share. She is also a very helpful instructor who was always willing to answer questions both in and outside of class. She clearly cares about her students and helping them learn, which is a huge asset. The only difficulty is that she has to juggle her time and talents between her research and her class, and sometimes the class takes the brunt of that conflict.
Great professor who really makes an effort to help students w/ their research paper as well as makes sure we understand the lecture.
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Teacher is knowledgeable but I personally felt it was difficult to do any writing because my perceptions on the material didn't always come off as correct to her.
23. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.45 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 10 (50%) 0 (0%)
24. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 20 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 9 (45%) 8 (40%)
25. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 18 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 3 (17%) 8 (44%) 5 (28%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 20 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 11 (55%)
27. Exams are creative and require original thought.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 20 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 11 (55%) 7 (35%)
28. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 19 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 3 (16%) 7 (37%) 7 (37%)
29. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Good if ppl want to learn about Japanese society and why they behave in certain ways
Very good in-depth cultural class!
Love the course learned a lot about Japanese society and also Japanese terminologies. Recommend to everyone
Very interesting class, but it's a little slow, so paying attention is a bit harder
I think she graded very harshly on the writing assignments. I got a very low score on my draft of the paper, but I wrote what my proposal was. When she graded it, she basically made me change my topic to something else even though she had approved my proposal.
Excellent course, I would recommend it to anybody interested in Japan and its people.
I took this class only because I needed it to meet a major requirement. If the class that I wanted to take was available I wouldn't have taken this class. However, in the end I feel that the class has proven to be more useful that I had originally expected.
This is an interesting class and very important to learn about Japan.
An interesting course. The lecture slides were very helpful. I think the free reign over topics for the final research paper might have been one of the better things of the course, because we were allowed to write about something we were interested in, so long as they had to do with the sociology of Japan.
The class was informative and interesting, and the instructor was very helpful. She is a great teacher, and I would take another class with her. Moreover, I enjoyed this class and felt it was a decent workload for the course level.
Enjoyed learning about Japan from this course. I would recommend it to others.
Not to excited about this course. I fell asleep consistantly. She just rambled on and on... Wish she would do more in class activities. If she is a sociology major, maybe she should consider learning the fact that human beings are not made to sit still in a class room for an hour and fifteen minutes and focus directly at a projected screen. Try to improvise what you have done in the past and make school fun instead of a prison.
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Good knowledge of Japan and it's culture
30. Other comments:
I had a great time to take this class because I feel like I have better knowledge now than before taking this class.
Thank you, Professor!
It might be better if the submission dates for the essay work was moved forward slightly to compensate for any potential delays at any point during the writing process, thereby giving us more time to complete the final drafts regardless of what unforeseen events crop up for the instructor during the semester.

Patricia Steinhoff: SOC750, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 750 - Seminar in Social Movements Crn (Section): 75979 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
6. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
7. I improved my abilities to do the kinds of writing used by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
9. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Submitting our paper in early period of the semester helps us to start working on our paper in advance. Also, professor's comments are very helpful to develop and improve my paper.
Pretty much everything, I believe the class did a great job of introducing what was a new subject to me, covered a wide range of perspectives, and supplied students with great training for professional research.
This course help me to grasp the theoretical and empirical overviews on social movements field systematically. Especially, instructor has kept encouraged students to apply newly-learnt theory and terms to their own cases/projects, which made them possible to apply those stuffs to their own works. Especially, the six-pages hand writing comments for the draft was impressive. That really helped to understand the flaws and the possibility of the draft I submitted.
Her way of teaching, nature of course, systematic arrangement of material thorough review of materials, very helpful advice
theories
I liked the fact that this course was very practical and helpful for constructing research. Readings that were put together were extremely valuable as well.
experience and knowledge of the instructor, interesting examples, great clarification when questions were asked, respectful treatment towards all students
There are few classes in which I can say I really learned a new set of skills. This is the first time in a long while that I've come out of a class and felt like I learned a new way to understand sociology in a meaningful manner.
10. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
I honestly can't think of anything.
I couldn't be happier with the course.
nothing
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some articles were very difficult to understand, and class discussion might have been limited for this reason.
Nothing, the pace, the material and the course work is perfect in balance. Heavy enough to push you to learn, but flexible enough to not become a chore.
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
15. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
16. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
17. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%)
18. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
19. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
20. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
21. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
22. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
24. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
25. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
This class was great. The only thing that might be changed is to include more of a interactive discussion of class materials and more room for students to ask questions. We cover so much material that there is not enough time to ask as many questions as one might want.
I just think it might be better if there is one more session dealing with how the current theoretical developments in the field have been or can be affected to the other fields of studies.
allowing the students for little bit more class discussion
she should add more discussions and explaining the theories in withe-board
Encourage students to talk and participate in discussion. I think many students had things to say but were intimidated by a lack of good understanding with the articles. Asking questions based on students opinions or experiences might facilitate a more comfortable atmosphere for students to free discuss ideas and ask questions on concepts.
Nothing, the course book can be difficult to read from at times, (because of how it's printed)
27. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
28. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
29. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
30. Other comments:
I really like the way the professor organize her class. She includes group discussion. Also, during the discussion, she help us to applies theories to our social movement groups, which enable us to think more sociologically and see the issue from social movement perspectives. Thank you.
Thank you Dr. Steinhoff. This class was the one of the bests I took at UH Graduate School.
she is very kind and wonderful person. Thanks Dr. Steinhoff a lot.
I will definitely keep the course book for future projects and will find the further reading materials section very useful.