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Instructor: Marie Brown

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REL205, Spring 2014
REL390, Spring 2014

Marie Brown: REL205, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Religion
Course: REL 205 - Understandng Hawaiian Religion Crn (Section): 88442 (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  
3.07 17 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 3 (18%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.19 17 0.4 Freq(%) 13 (76%) 3 (18%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.75 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
9. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I chose to take this course because I wanted to learn Hawaiian religion from a different and more in depth cultural view and I knew this professor would be able to do that for her students.
Fulfilled a requirement
It fulfilled a language requirement
I took it because it was the most interesting sounding class out of the required culture classes I had to take for my major.
It seemed like an interesting class to learn from.
I took this class it fulfilled to one of the four classes I need for the Hawaiian Second Language/Culture courses. And the time fit my schedule well.
It counted for an elective for my language/cultural requirements. I specifically chose this course because Hawaiian culture and religion really interests me because its a totally different way of life from what I am used to. And since I am in Hawaii I wanted to find out what past and present Hawaiians believed in.
I took it to fulfill a focus designation
I chose to take this course because it seemed interesting and it covered a history requirement.
To fulfill a culture course. It worked well with my schedule too.
Fulfilled my requirement for culture courses needed to enter Shidler.
I chose to take this course because I thoroughly enjoyed Professor Brown's Hi'iaka and Kamapua'a course and thought I would benefit greatly from an introduction to Hawaiian religion course.
to fulfill a requirement for my major in FAMR
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I really liked that we would discuss the readings as a class and we able to ask questions and have the teacher elaborate ideas for us. I also enjoyed that the teacher gave us visual examples when visuals were needed to understand and grasp ideas and concepts better.
Hands on readings
Weekly writeups and time in class to prepare for midterm/final
I found her power points, and class discussions most helpful because you got to see and hear that other people have the same questions as you, and then we would discuss the questions in class to help us understand and learn better.
The readings and the non-graded quizzes. Those were really helpful. It relieved the pressure while at the same time, we were teaching ourselves the material.
The readings were very valuable and taught me a lot during this course.
This class really opened my eyes to the environment and the way Hawaiians lived in the past. The knowledge of the ways Hawaiians connected to the land and environment and how efficient they were at just about everything they did really stuck out to me.
Dr. Brown was very passionate about her teaching and wanted all of her students to do well in not only her class, but all of there classes. She went out of her way to help the students with writing skills and critical thinking skills. She is very caring about everyone
Everything! I learned a lot from our professor this semester. It helped because she was so passionate about the Religion course too.
Readings and follow up discussions helped me understand the content.
I found that the variety of mo'olelo was helpful because not only did we discover multitudes of ancestral knowledge, we also interpreted the text and gave our own analysis as well. This exercise allowed us to really focus on the text and also enabled us to hear other ideas at the same time. I also liked the group work and participation that took place in class.
the course has broaden my knowledge of the Hawaiian culture and the man my aspects of this culture. it was a very interesting class.
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
17. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
19. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
20. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
21. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
22. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
24. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
26. Other comments:
Amazing teacher!
It was a great class, Kumu. I learned so much from it; things I will always be reminded of as I go through life. Thank you for everything; especially for your kindness, creativity and forgiveness ~*** ke aloha nui, Kahikina
I looked forward to coming to this class because the material was interesting and class in general was fascinating to me because I enjoy learning about new and different religions. The readings were a little difficult, but once they were discussed I felt I had a better understanding of them.
If every professor was like Marie Brown, everyone would get A's and B's in course. Not only because she teaches the class with great communication and clarity...but HOW she taught the class. She is so driven to make sure everyone knew what was going on in the class. She WANTED everyone to understand and pass her class. But if she knew you don't care, she will not care about you. A student needs to go into class wanting to learn....and she made that happen.
Great teacher, very excited about teaching.
Professor Brown is extremely accommodating and is a very good lecturer. She did not generalize the subject matter which is great on her part as she showed no bias for a particular mo'olelo or Hawaiian scholar. She approached problematic situations discussed in class cautiously and professionally by allowing us to think outside of the box. She does not simply say that our ideas are false or invalid, but she says it could be a possibility. This is a great way to not only encourage our opinions and analysis, but also to encourage a variety of interpretation fit for a belief system that has multiple nuances.

Marie Brown: REL390, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Religion
Course: REL 390 - Hawaiian Gods:Pele,Kamapuaa Crn (Section): 88444 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.5 11 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.11 11 0.33 Freq(%) 8 (73%) 1 (9%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
9. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I chose to take this course because it seemed interesting. It wasn't part of my major; it was just an elective that I decided to take.
Fulfilled designation and requirement.
I am a dual major in Religion and Biology, and I thought it would be tragic not to take advantage of the opportunity to study the indigenous religion in the Hawaiian First Nation. The Hawaiian mythology seems to have a remarkable grasp of both natural history and healthy male/female relationships, and that is incredibly charming. Frankly, the course sounded like fun. This comment has officially blown my supposed anonymity, so y'all know.
I am very interested in the topic of Hawaiian Religion and am always eager to learn more, especially from a kumu like Brown.
I took this class because it was Hawaiian Religion and it brought me closer to my culture. One of the best classes I have taken at UH. Kumu Brown is amazing and is there for her students, more teacher need to take notes from her on her teach style. She is AWESOME!
major, as well as I wanted to brush up on my knowledge of Hawaiian myths and legends
Fulfilled WI or Elective for graduation in Spring 2014. Also wanted to learn a more in depth understanding of Hawaiian culture.
I chose to take this course because I am Hawaiian and a religion major. I have taken classes with Kumu Brown before and loved her teaching style.
I chose to take this course, because I was interested in the topic and I wanted to learn about Hawaiian deities regarding Pele and Hiiaka and the role they play in everyday Hawaiian lifestyle.
Religion major elective
I took one of her previous classes, and really enjoyed her teaching style. This is my upper division elective.
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
11. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
This course truly helped me to strengthen my reading and writing skills.
The readings.
I greatly value Alohalani's willingness to discuss extremely sensitive issues in class. Sometimes it is uncomfortable (I am descended from a lot of illegitimate circus orphans, so genealogy=identity is pretty weird for me) but I figure that is good for my privileged white (as far as I know) worldview. If college doesn't make a person squirm once in a while, what's the point? I got a lot out of this class that was only tangentially related to myth. I gained a lot of cultural literacy and context.
The abundance of archives of knowledge I have been introduced to, as well as new concepts and connections I have made.
I valued learning more about the Hawaiian view point
The introduction to stories that I have never heard of, even though I lived in Hawaii for most of my life.
Everything, literature was great and new information.
The way Kumu Brown runs her class is discussion heavy. I found that making connections in class from the texts we read for homework was extremely valuable. I learned and discovered a lot in the course.
The most valuable aspects that the Kumu (teacher) offered was the determination and good work ethics towards the students. Personally, I enjoyed the Kumu's determination and the believing in me to push my limits and producing quality work. She tell it like it is, which enables you to understand reality and the choices and consequences it endures. In addition, my Kumu has a great wealth of knowledge of this topic and she really makes you understand the various literature. For example, she welcomes all beliefs and thoughts about this topic.
Going over the readings
Her teaching are spot on, readings are educational
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 11 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
17. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 8 (73%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
19. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
22. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
23. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
24. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
25. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
26. Other comments:
It was a good class and recommend it to everyone.
The Kamapua'a (I apologise if that's not the correct diacritical, Kumu, I am rather limited in this survey) section of the course is obviously not the prof's favourite. This should just be a course about Pele and Hi'iaka--it could tie in with the Women's Studies department easily, because that is one seriously feminist epic.
Wonderful class, wonderful teacher.
This was an amazing CLASS! I wish I was able to take more of her classes sooner, but I will in grad school!
thank you
Mrs. Brown was very helpful with encouraging her students to get the best grade possible. She was great responding to email which made my student life so much easier if i was stuck and had a question. Brown was very good at teaching this course material. I loved learning about the Hawaiian culture and she provided me with lots of great information. Although Mrs. Brown is very nice and trys to be sensitive and careing towards people of not of Hawaiian decent, certain comments should not be said for the sake of being professional. Apologizing for the comments you are about to say does not make them less offensive. Sometime was a little passive aggressive towards non native hawaiian students.
This was an excellent course and excellent professor. Marie Brown has inspired me to further my education and has taught me a lot about Hawaiian religion over that past year.
I would recommend anyone who wants to learn more about Pele/Hiiaka literature, regardless of major or discipline that the student is majoring in. This class would also be great for a workshop where Hawaiians and Non- Hawaiians can learn about our mo'olelo or stories and get sens of Hawaiian world view by using these literature and how it shaped both past and present events.
Thanks for being such a cool teacher