eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Eileen Tamura

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EDEF652, Spring 2013
EDEF652, Spring 2012
EDEF651, Fall 2011
EDEF651, Spring 2011
EDEF652, Fall 2010
EDEF651, Spring 2010

Eileen Tamura: EDEF652, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 652 - History of Education in Hawaii Crn (Section): 87191 (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  
5.22 10 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%) 2 (20%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 10 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 10 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 10 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 10 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Online offering and texts.
Good readings and interesting material.
Almost everything! Great class! So much learned about local culture and educational issues, and so much still to learn.
It was comprehensive yet targeted. As always, the professor was so prepared and gave so much to support the on-line process. That was really great.
The course gave me a very good understanding of the history of hawaii. I appreciate the specifics of Hawaiian history, something that is rarely covered outside of this class. I liked the reading materials, it was challenging.
Eileen structured the course well and even though it was online, there was no way to half- ass assignments. The course is designed in such a way that it is easy to navigate and leaves no room for not doing the course work.
I appreciated that although it was an online course, Dr. Tamura was available to meet with me or answer my emails or telephone calls when I needed assistance.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
You don't need to give us so much guidance regarding writing assignments. This is a GRADUATE level course. We don't need to submit all these nonsense documents. We also don't need to meet with you as a mandate. We could just meet you if we need to. Overall I think the class was a lot of busy work. Just seemed like you were trying to make an online class really legitimate- too bad because it's online...it will never be that legitimate.
Online course. It's too difficult to respond quickly and directly (and respectfully) to posts on laulima, especially when a topic/statement/opinion needs to be confronted as it is made (and thought to be true) and you have never met the person you might need to confront.
It was a little bit unexpected to be undertaking such a large topic, as at first it seemed the course would cover the Hist of Ed in HI in a survey method, as with the Hist of Ed in America did. Yet it offered a lot of opportunity to expand on topics or link them.
I wanted the class to be in the classroom. Though, I understand that it was an intentional choice to make it online. The students who took the class, I have known in class physically, so it would have been great to see them in dialogue with this specific material.
Nothing
9. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 10 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 10 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She was knowledgeable in course context and provided the class the ability to take via distance in an online format. Great course.
Eileen is obviously well versed in the subject matter. I really disliked her methods and thought she could do WAY LESS hand holding. A 10 page research paper is not that hard. We can do this on our own. Also just cancel the skype meeting with another person from class. Everyone just pretended to do it and then just skipped out.
A+
Excellent professor in all ways - outstanding!
a passionate teacher. I very much appreciate her passionate for the material. She has been very helpful and accommodating in my success and struggles in class. Her insight in what I can improve on is very much constructive. I appreciate her honesty. something that is, sadly, rare in higher education. I know that she has been teaching for a while, I can tell be her ability to read students emotion, even on texts. I would take a class from her again, and I know that is an even better mentor, especially for local students, who are in need of guidance, without being condescending the experience of immigrant students like me. I would like to thank her for accommodating, specifically the difficulties we face in life, something that I faced in the midst of her class. Mahalo so much for the passion and care you bring with you.
Eileen is an excellent instructor who challenged me to think differently. I learned a lot and I appreciate all her hard work.
Fantastic! Clearly demonstrated passion for helping students, sharing information, etc. Very well- organized and encouraging. A great mentor.
Dr. Tamura is very knowledgeable of the subject taught. She was very helpful in listening to what I wanted to do research on and helped me narrow down and focus my topic in a way that was not degrading. She allowed me to talk through what it was that I wanted to study and she pointed out key points to my study so I could begin.
15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 10 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
17. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 10 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I enjoyed the course and would recommend to other administrators or educators to take to gain knowledge about the history of education in Hawaii.
Interesting but tedious.
A+
A very good course, if challenging. But it is Grad school, not meant to be easy!
challenging. There were readings that I did not necessarily enjoy, but only because I was reminded of the struggle of what it means to grow up here in hawaii as a filipino. Challenging, in the sense, that it forced us to grapple with the political and social realities of education in Hawaii. This should be a required course for all of the college of education. We have to start from the place of learning then move out into the world. I enjoyed the course, the guided powerpoints were my first. The diversity of the class was remarkable, all walks of life. The more I missed being in a class room.
Excellent!
It was a good course. The history of education in Hawaii is something I find fascinating.
20. Other comments:
Thank you Dr. Tamura!
Relax on the grading.
Were it that all professors were so hard working, well researched and prepared and giving to their students - Dr. Tamura is a such a gem.
None

Eileen Tamura: EDEF652, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 652 - History of Education in Hawaii Crn (Section): 88566 (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  
5.17 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.08 12 0.29 Freq(%) 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I learned about the education in Hawaii and gained more knowledge about my Japanese culture.
The instructor is very organized and it really helps to guide us in our learning and assignments.
The readings, videos, and Powerpoints were very helpful since this class was solely online. I also especially liked the Reading Responses, as it promoted active communication between classmates.
Eileen really took the time to respond to each of us, and gave us critical and specific feedback. The topics were interesting and engaging.
The information covered was very interesting and useful towards my research agenda. The online course does allow more flexibility in scheduling study times and saves on transit time to and from campus.
Because it was mostly online, I did not have to leave the comforts of my own home since I had a newborn to raise.
The constant communication between instructor and the students, as well as assignments that required students to meet face to face via Skype. The constant updates really helped me understand how I was doing in the course, as well as what was going on during the week. The face to face meetings allowed me to have an actual conversation with another peer and process the material on a different, semi-dialectic level.
The setup for the course. Even though it is an asynchronous class, I felt like I knew my classmates. Combination of print reading and audio power points, movies.
How to conduct a historical and education research study.
I felt the readings and powerpoints provided a valuable overview of the history of Hawaiâ??i.
Responsiveness of Dr. Tamura. I also really liked the way she set up the project, with deadlines throughout the semester that brought us closer to the completion of the project. Because I was required to begin early, I was able to gather more information and have a more in-depth understanding of my topic. It also made the end of the semester much less hectic. Thank you!
readings related to topic for that week. i learned a lot about how education was like back in the past...yet how it has influenced us to where we are today.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
group work
The final terms and guidelines of the HRP seem a little steep for a one semester online course. I liked, however, how were were scaffolded through the process of developing the outlines and timelines.
Iʻm not sure if Iʻd say least valuable, but most difficult was writing a thesis statement for a past historical event. Since It already happened, it was difficult to view it from a critical lens, and present it as new information.
This is the first online course i have taken and missed the face to face class interaction with my peers.
Nothing.
I think there was the right balance of rigor and time to process the information/complete the assignments. I had no issues with anything in the course.
I think on some weeks the amount of readings were much longer than others.
Although the main focus was on K-12, it helped me to draw similarities for higher education in Hawaiʻi.
Sometimes I felt the workload was too much and hindered online discussion between classmates.
having to write a culmination essay of various essay / articles and the post and get feedback from our peers. We had two assignments like that in the syllabus, but the second essay was cancelled. thank goodness.
9. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
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%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
a great teacher, very enthusiastic about her content
Eileen is excellent.
Professor Tamura is very knowledgeable on the subject, and she was also ready to provide constructive feedback at all stages of our final project.
I strongly recommend this course and instructor to anyone wanting to know about the history of education in Hawaiʻi. The instructor is knowledgeable and approachable.
Dr. Tamura was very helpful on tailoring the main assignment to fit my research agenda. This aspect has not been my experience with many UH professors.
Excellent. She is always well-prepared with handcrafted powerpoint presentations, resources, and assignments. She also was quick to provide feedback.
The best teacher I can think of to lead an online course. It was very much like I was still in the classroom with her, thanks to the audio powerpoints. It is clear that she has put a great deal of time into the course.
Great. I thought she was organized and prepared. Readings were relevant.
satisfied.
Professor Tamura was very helpful, knowledgeable, and supportive--all qualities I would like to see in a teacher.
I've taken many online graduate courses and this was by far the most organized course. I appreciated the feedback Dr. Tamura gave for each week's assignments as it helped me know what I was doing right/wrong.
=)
15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
17. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
very educational about Hawaii and how education was developed from many different angles
This course is not only informative, it gets me to really think about things and helps me to recognize some of my assumptions and perspectives regarding educational topics.
Very helpful for expanding my perspective on the Hawaii DoE situation and prior educational settings from pre-contact to now.
I learned so much from the course and about history of education and society in Hawaiʻi. It covers much more than just educational issues - looking deeper at the historical perspectives of the time, and political changes. Definitely recommended to anyone doing research - helps to put things into perspective. She is also always available for feedback and gives supportive suggestions.
I found the information covered in this course fit well with my research interests and gave me ideas for my final project. The online aspect has pros and cons with the pros out weighing the cons. Overall it was a good experience.
I enjoyed this course because it discussed issues in Hawaii, and I was especially able to do my historical research project on a topic very relevant to my own experiences.
This was an interesting course that I would certainly recommend to others. Not being from Hawaii, I feel like I learned a great deal about the history of Hawaii and the evolution of it's education system. Despite feeling like an outsider, I never felt left out of the conversation.
Great. I feel like I have developed a proficient understanding of the History of Education in Hawaii. I appreciated learning about the different tools historians use to retell the events of a particular time.
satisfying.
I feel the course is a valuable component of Ed Foundations. Considering how many students come from areas other than Hawaiâ??i, I would suggest that the department consider making this course a requirement for study.
Excellent. One of the best courses I've taken in quite some time.
good. i would recommend it to my peers in the following program that I am in.
20. Other comments:
thank you for a good semester
N/A
I gave Question 18 a neutral answer as the student should be giving a score of how well the course motivated the learning experience and fit with the students' research agenda. For this course and professor, i would give them passing marks. As for Q11, it is up to the student to be engaged with reviewing the other students online postings.
It would be helpful to see examples of writing a historical essay.
The History of Education in Hawaiʻi is very broad and includes many different aspects of education. It was challenging to understand the history of education in 1 semester.
thank you

Eileen Tamura: EDEF651, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 651 - History of Educ on America Crn (Section): 79361 (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  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
3. 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%)
4. 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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I enjoyed the rich discussions enhancing my knowledge. The instructor also incorporated a mix of mediums to engage students of all abilities.
A small class size was very advantageous so that we would feel free to discuss and participate. It was comfortable. Dr. Tamura gave us very good books and articles to read. She was very willing and able to give us help outside of class, especially when preparing our 40-minute presentations. She took time out to explain to us any concepts that we may not have understood. Now I understand concepts such as affirmative action, interest convergence, etc.
During this course, I learned a lot of knowledge about the histroy of education in America, such as education on blacks, Indians and Asian. Aslo, I learned the development of curriculum in America. In general, after having this course, I have deep understanding in those past ecperiences of differerent social and cultural groups and I have a deeper understanding of the United States as a whole compared to one year before when I just came here.
Very comprehensive, and also in depth. The professor examined often overlooked educational realities and histories.
I think the readings including the books were most helpful in understanding the course content. I especially enjoyed reading Education for Extinction.
I learned so much from this course. My program has been so geared toward the practical aspect of teaching, and I really appreciated getting to learn about the foundations and background of education throughout America's history. All of the readings were interesting and engaging, and the small class size allowed for some personal and enlightening discussions.
The readings--the books, the coursepack, and the extra readings were truly outstanding. So many of them were memorable, significant, and relevant. Overall, excellent selections.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
None
nothing
Perhaps there could be one less essay.
I think to do essays on books before they are completed through class discussions were least helpful. If an essay is required on the whole book, then as a class we need to discuss the whole book in order to get the main points and then proceed to write the essay.
I didn't find any of the reading or assignments to be disconnected or irrelevant to the work we were doing in this course. I can't think of what was "least" valuable.
What might have been helpful is just a small discussion early on regarding/sharing various strategies on how best to read the texts and take notes for the assignments and essays.
9. 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%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask 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%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
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%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
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%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for 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%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She worked very hard. Sometimes she had many powerpoint slides and presentations to share with us. She was quite well-prepared. I appreciated her flexibility and availability. I also liked the way she called on us to provide discussion to the class because sometimes we quieter ones did not voluntarily speak up as much. I also really appreciated her feedback on my papers. It really helped me to improve in my thesis writing.
Eileen Tamura is really a very good teacher. She always kind to every student and give her useful instruction to every student. Her kindly charater makes me feel free to ask any question. Before each essay due, she gives each student specific instruction and suggestions on that paper which makes me feel very helpful and useful! I like her speaking speed. (not too fast as other teachers) Her speed is very good for an international student to grasp what she said in class, which can best help students understand the content knowledge in her class.
Professor Tamura is very caring, and also very demanding. It is a lot of hard work being in her class, yet that is ameliorated by the fact that Professor Tamura herself works extremely hard. This professor is an excellent scholar and also willing to listen to other points of view.
Dr. Tamura is very knowledgeable in the subject area, but the class format could have been changed a bit for "interest" purposes. For example, students could have been class time to pair up and discuss important points about the readings and then present to the class. I know the class was small, but this type of change might have added a little "difference" and cut the monotony of the lesson.
...that she is a wonderful and knowledgeable professor who allows students to explore topics with their own ideas, but is not afraid to get in the debate and show her own personal thoughts and ideals.
Excellent. Dr. Tamura is clearly knowledgeable about the subject, yet let students discuss and bring to the table their own interests. The written assignments were also extremely helpful in reflecting on, and pulling together themes of the readings. The various assignments seemed designed to deliberately help students cultivate and practice the skills of close reading, synthesizing ideas, and connecting to the texts with our own interests. Knowing that I had to do an assignment for every reading helped me read each more actively.
15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in 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%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
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%)
17. I feel 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%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Enjoyed the content, the discussions, the course requirements were valuable.
It was a great course overall. I feel that I gained much knowledge about the history of American education when prior to taking this class, I did not.
very good! very useful!!!! I have learned a lot in this class (I will present the details in the self-assessment). I think a successful course is to help students really learned something even when they close the book, handouts and they still can say their feelings and ideas of the issues discussed in class and this course is a successful course!
A++++ - excellent course
This is a very interesting an an important course for any educator. In order to understand the present day educational policies, it is very important to understand what had taken place prior and what factors affected those policy social change. It's an excellent course.
...that it was the best course I've taken in my program of study. I am so glad that I was able to take this class as my elective this semester. I have learned so much, and am still surprised at how interesting and readable ALL of the material was. I never felt bored or lost with the texts and discussions.
Excellent. Readings, discussions, and presentations framed education extremely well from historical perspectives as connected to current educational system conditions and issues.
20. Other comments:
Very caring and rigorous professor, clearly cares about her topic and about students.
If a self evaluation is required or desired for this class, it need to be in the syllabus, even if it's not being evaluated. Towards the end of the semester, students are tired and to have this requirement discussed almost at the end of the semester is not fair. I know a vote was taken--but how many would say "no" to the professor's face? To be fair the, the prof needs to walk out and give the students about five minutes to decide with these last minute requirements.
Thank you!
Thank you, Eileen! This was a fabulous course!!

Eileen Tamura: EDEF651, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 651 - History of Educ on America Crn (Section): 84735 (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  
5.08 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%) 1 (8%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Knowing the history of education, understanding the current education and society. It is important for educational reformation and what kinds of education we should conduct to reach better society.
The course was very well organized and I had a clear understanding of the expectations.
Awesome readings
great reading list and education on how to read ed. history
This course really opened my eyes to a lot of historic events and issues concerning education in this country. It really highlighted injustices in the education of groups of Americans that I had never known about before.
I liked the PowerPoint presentations filled with maps, pictures, etc. about the topic we were reading about.
Class discussions and reading presentations were helpful in hearing different perspectives of the readings.
The articles, books, and class discussions all helped me gain a deeper understanding of the course topic. The handouts that were distributed during class lectures were also helpful because then I could see what things looked like in the past (readers, classrooms, etc)
The class discussions were always interesting and insightful. Classmates were sometimes able to point out perspectives and ideas I had not encountered in my own reading of the material.
I gained a good grounding in content of the course and was exposed to historical events and theory I had prreviously been unaware of.
Everything. The diversity of opinions among the students, Eileen, the literature, the discussions, the projects, etc.
That it provided a solid background in the different themes and developments of American Education. Regular group work made for a good opportunity to discuss, engage and listen to alternative interpretations/understandings of the issues raised in the readings and current issues.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
None
At times, the requirements were a little overwhelming, especially right before spring break and at the very end of the course. This, coupled with the workload from other classes, made it a very stressful semester.
need a bit clearer guidelines on assignments
some confusion with assignment directions, but Dr. Tamura is always available for help
Nothing really. I have always enjoyed history courses. Maybe if there could be sorter articles in the reader that highlight the same concepts that Eileen wants to impress upon us, that would have been better than reading four, 30+ page articles during some weeks.
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Personally, the role playing. But, it was a good way to add interest in the course :)
Can't think of anything.
(a) My own interpretations of historical events - how easily mistaken I am/we are. (b) There were several members of the class that had 'negative' things to say about others in the class (though not publicly, it happened regularly). I found this to not only be annoying, but ignorant...at times, a distraction from the real issues in the class. In other words (see 7 above), the differing opinions/beliefs of the class created a great atmosphere for learning that might have been lost by frustration with other people's views.
The readings. Informative and interesting as they were, I would have preferred being assigned the whole text as opposed to sections.
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9. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She is very kind and her lecture was very inetersting. She answered all questions I asked and told me patiently. I really appreciate that.
Wonderful professor, very knowledgable and kind. Great feedback and willing to positively help students without making them feel badly.
wonderful, thanks for a great semester together!
Great teacher, I look forward to taking more of her courses
Elieen is super-knowledgeable and super-organized which makes class run really smoothly and enhanced my experience for sure. I really liked how she would make sure to provide us with the background information in class about the topics we had read about outside of it. She also clearly has a lot of passion for what she is teaching, and I think that rubs off on everyone in class.
she made history a very interested subject to study.
Eileen was well organized and informative. This made it easier for me to know exactly what her expectations were.
Eileen is extremely knowledgable, very organized, and communicates clearly. She is also very clear on guidelines and expectations for the papers we write.
She is a wonderful teacher and clearly has a tremendous grasp on the content. She makes herself always available to students for questions. The class was very interesting!
Amazing professor- extremely knowledgable, able to express complex issues understandably to neophytes in the field, caring of students as individuals and learners, very approachable.
A+
a strong and positive teacher who is well-versed in her field.
15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
17. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was challenging, but I liked thia course a lot. This course taught me how important to think about not only history but any subjects critically and deeply. Also having many persoectives is important. I learned a lot of things in this course.
Great course!
I would recomend it to anyone interested in education or history
Maybe the best history course I have ever taken. There are a lot of written assignments, more than I have ever had, but almost all of them are beneficial in helping prepare you for things you will have to do later in the program. We covered topics that were unique and discussed issues that may have never been considered "mainstream" problems in American education, which I enjoyed a lot.
Eileen was very helpful in helping me to better understand some of the more difficult readings.
I have not enjoyed a course as much as I did this one in a long time. I learned alot and it opened my mind to different perspectives and ideas.
Despite being a requirement for me I would recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in education. The class discussions were really engaging. Enjoyed the class!
A+
A+
it is a useful course that has helped me develop a strong knowledge base from which I can begin to sift out an angle for future research. Thanks again!
20. Other comments:
The make-up assignment for missing a class seems to be a little too much. At this level of education, most students only miss class when absolutely necessary or when it is an emergency. Perhaps an easier assignment for your first absence and then, if there are additional ones the assignments become progressively more difficult, that would be more appropriate. Thank you!
Great course, great assignments, great discussions, great frustrations...beautiful teacher.

Eileen Tamura: EDEF652, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 652 - History of Education in Hawaii Crn (Section): 78770 (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  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 9 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Having all the reading and other materials available online throughout the course made it more cohesive. Students could look ahead or refer back to resources easily. The layout of the course site was very clear and well organized. The material was all very to the point and in a sequence that flowed nicely and broke up the work load.
Some of the readings were very interesting and insightful
I liked the way the instructor helped students with their Historical Research Project by requiring us to do it in small chunks - locating primary and secondary sources, writing a 3 page draft, and preparing a PowerPoint presentation. All of these activities helped me to create the final paper. I found the Written Responses helpful. It forced me to think critically about our readings and apply them in my own life. Interacting with other students online and learning from their perspectives was also very helpful.
This class allowed me to practice and hone my computer skills in a way that other classes have not. I also found her class to be extremely relevant for me as a school administrator in Hawai'i's public school system.
I signed up for this course to gain a better grasp of the History of Education in Hawai'i in the hopes of understanding the state of our system of education today. I am happy to say that this class has given me understanding and insight that I did not have before. I am very satisfied with the what I have gained. Eileen did a great job at grading assignments in a timely fashion. I am still waiting for assignments to be handed back to me from other classes that were due over a month ago! Laulimas gradebook was helpful in keeping track of my progress in the class. It was nice to know where I stood every step of the way.
The readings were all very useful. I found the HRP also very beneficial.
I really enjoyed the variety of ways information was conveyed in the course (readings, videos, powerpoints). I also found helpful the selected readings that were given and the writing response (WR) that allowed the students to freely reflect on the reading. The HRP was broken up into different stages throughout the semester - this really hepled develop the paper and also taught the way to develop a good, strong historical paper.
The different variety of readings.
The expertise that Dr. Tamura provides on the subject is un-rivaled. I am honored and humbled to be taking her class.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
I had trouble at times opening other students docs. and reading feedback that used track changes.
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Although I enjoyed the readings, there were just far too many.
N/A
On one hand, I struggled with amount of weekly assignments we were given. But I could have managed my time better in order to get the assignments done a little at a time over the course of the week.
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As an asynchronous online course, it was hard to connect with other students. Additionally, the workload at certain times during the semester was much more than expected.
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9. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Extremely organized and presented a very well thought out course, which was especially important for an online class. Was very clear about what was expected and where to improve.
the course was good although I found the work to be excessive. I have had a number of grad class and PhD classes and this by far had the most assignments. I enjoyed the readings and would have like to focus more in depth on some of those things instead of all the writing assignments. Plus each week were given more readings and also had to do the reflections. I think she choose great readings and understood the material well.
Dr. Tamura is a wonderful instructor. It must be difficult teaching a course of this nature online, but she is so well organized and communicates effectively with the entire class. She comments on each and every assignment as was always available for personal consultations. I would make one suggestion, and that is to eliminate readings and written responses in the last two weeks to allow students more time to complete their HRP.
Very professional, yet warm and caring individual. Although I'm accustomed to having face-to-face classes as opposed to online courses, she was there every step of the way to ensure we were on the right track.
Great! I was a little afraid of taking an online class because of my previous struggles during my undergrad. But I am so glad that I took this class. The content was relevant and thought provoking. Eileen always got back to me in a timely manner and gave great suggestions when I needed help.
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Great, helpful professor with strong knowledge of the course material. Dr. Tamura found ways to make the class engaging (despite the online format - which I think can be tricky).
good
She is a fantastic scholar and an asset to the university.
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15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
17. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This is an important class to anyone teaching (or living) in Hawaii. It is also extremely relevant to education in general.
I enjoyed the course. I think I would have gained the same amount of knowledge w/ a bit less of the postings needed. I think the class content will be useful towards my future graduate studies.
This course has helped me to gain a broad historical perspective of the sociopolitical and education system in Hawaii and a greater appreciation for the many ethnic cultures that now call Hawaii home. This knowledge will be very helpful in my doctoral research.
Stimulating
Challenging, but not overwhelming. It is amazing how much I learned this semester in class completely online. I enjoyed reading my classmates WR and looked forward to responses to my own writing. The expectation of respecting each others opinions and points of view was addressed up front and made me feel safe in sharing what I truly felt about the content discussed. I learned a lot and hope that if I need to take additional online classes in the future, they are similar to this one. Thank you for a great semester!
I think that focusing more on the HRP would improve the course. Perhaps the course could be reorganized so that all readings and discussions take place in the first half of the course. Then students could use that knowledge base to carry out research on their own interests, giving feedback to each other each step of the way. Also, the online discussions were very limited. Perhaps students could post WRs and then respond to 3 other students (50-100 words) AS A REPLY TO THAT POST NOT AS A SEPARATE POST. This would create more of a dialog between students (AND PROFESSOR!) rather than isolated responses with such a limited audience.
Great! I learned a great deal from this course, not just about the history of education in Hawaii, but also about how to develop a good historical essay, conduct interviews, and write a well-researched historical paper. The class was very intersting and informative!
good
I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the topic.
20. Other comments:
Eileen Tamura's clear and direct instructions, professionalism, and objectivity in teaching was a great role model and inspiration.
I loved this class! It was hard work, but well worth it because I learned so much. I highly recommend this class! Thank you, Dr. Tamura!
This course might be even better if taught via elluminate.

Eileen Tamura: EDEF651, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Educational Foundations
Course: EDEF 651 - History of Educ on America Crn (Section): 85141 (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  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
7. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I enjoyed the material that we read for the class. It was relevant to the course and very interesting.
I really enjoyed how Dr. Tamura related what was going on in Hawaiʻi to the different time periods and national concepts. I also really liked the specific instruction that we received on each assignment. It was great how Dr. Tamura gave a presentations on what was going on in the different time periods so we could really get the context of things.
The background information she provided in class as it related to the material.
Before I took this course, I knew nothing about American educational history, and how to write papers in this field. However, right now, one semester passed by, Dr. Tamura helped me build a basic understanding in the field and taught me how to use resources. I mean, what I learnt from this course is much more than this course itself. I learned the way how to learn in the United States, and how to be a eligible graduate student. This is an excellent course for me.
Clear expectations and requirements for assignments.
Handouts and power points with class discussions.
I liked the way she is teaching it.I learned tons from her.Topics were taught clearly, and the discussion we had was very helpful.
Excellent reading selections
-Variety of perspectives about history of education in the US. -Wonderful lesson plans with many different types of teaching styles -Challenging assignments -Good balance between required readings and freedom to pick certain topics for presentations/papers -Opportunity to read others' papers
The background information Dr. Tamura gave during lectures was very helpful in bringing together the readings with aspects of Hawaii and American history. As well, the small group discussions we had in class were helpful in allowing me to think through the concepts from the readings.
Dr. Tamura's ppt presentations were very helpful in understanding important events, their dates, context.
The interaction in small groups and even the entire group added depth to the class.
The variety of activities to do. Variety was good. Readings and presentations were very interesting.
I really liked the books that we had to read for the class and the topics that we covered.
I liked how we focused on the history of various groups in education (i.e. African Americans, American Indians, Asians, etc.). The required readings for this course were informative and fairly easy to read and understand. Writing essays for each set of readings helped me to organize my thoughts.
-The readings and class discussions inspried me to educate myself on a subject I would not have otherwise found interesting -Expectations for assignments were clearly explained in specific detail -Lectures and presentations further enhanced the readings -Instructor was knowledgable, personable, and interesting!
Dr. Tamura's knowledge of the content and all related info.
She did a great job teaching the subject.
8. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
I thought that each group having a facilitator during our class discussions was not necessary. I also did not feel like I learned a lot from the student presentations. I found some of them confusing.
The opinions expressed by my classmates in discussions were unnerving at times.
Very exact requirements for group presentations and WDQs.
nothing
Lack of discussion on extensive readings. Discussion would have been particularly helpful in advance of assignment due dates rather than some small discussions after, as the readings were complicated and contained a large amount of "facts" about people, dates and activities/policies.
At times I felt that I spent too much time and energy on reading the paper guidelines, following each requirement, and making sure to address all the little details. Too many guidelines can create more confusion than clarity.
Though the concepts seen through the articles of the education of blacks in America was interesting, some of the articles were very repetitive in their ideas. I would have liked to have seen a more varied take on the subject.
The breaks could have been regular and for at least 10-15 minutes. Students need that!
The laborious, detailed instructions on how to discuss, how to respond to someone's comments, where or how to sit, each aspect of writing our papers planned out...that was demoralizing. Did past grad students fail to sit properly, to write on topic, or to discuss issues, and talk about their food instead? The other classes don't show evidence of needing that kind of micromanagement. One or two of the activities, taking ten minutes or more, were also at the elementary level. It could be said we did this for a true understanding of the monotony of historical education, at least as a warning before we started.
sometimes the lectures seemed long and I missed having more discussion time.
-It probably would've helped me in my other classes had I previously taken this class
9. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 12 (67%)
11. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 11 (61%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She is a very nice person and very knowledgeable about what she teaches. I just wish that there would have been more class meetings that were directed by the students rather than just the teacher.
She is a very knowledgeable instructor that encourages class discussion really well.
A great asset to the University.
an instructor who is good at encouraging student to share ideas with others and good at facilitating students to think critically.
She is an excellent professor who is knowledgeable and committed to her students. She was helpful and supportive and provided a variety of assignments and learning opportunities.
She is a wonderful professor.
The instructor is very knowledgeable and very well prepared.I like that she is very well organized and specific in her work.She is very nice with the students and is always eager to help.
Wonderful
Dr. Tamura's vast knowledge was given in a clear and accessible way that allowed the class to question the information in order to gain a greater self understanding of the subject.
Excellent. Her preparation, design of class activities and assignments push the student to engage in the material in thoughtful, meaningful ways.
Good class in history of education.
A very interesting course. Good material. Good to have students present and do activities.
She knows a great deal about the history of American education and was able to bring in interesting connections to Hawaii.
Dr. Tamura was always well-prepared and organized for class. I liked how the requirements and expectations for each of our writing assignments was clearly outlined. It it clear that Dr. Tamura is also very knowledgeable about the course content. I also thought that Dr. Tamura was very kind and respectful of her students.
-Excellent teacher! -She encouraged, challenged, and laughed!
Dr. Tamura is a very knowlegeable teacher and does a good job of challenging the students.
15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
17. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (39%) 11 (61%)
19. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Overall I enjoyed the class. I learned new things and especially liked the fact that we learned about education from the perspectives of many different cultures and groups of people. I very much enjoyed the Native American book that we read. It was so refreshing to read about the experiences of a different culture from a different region. The professor could have chose a Hawaiian text, but she didn't and I enjoyed that. I would maybe alter how the class was directed. It would have been nice to have more class directed learning versus powerpoints. I would have also liked to learn more about educational reforms that are going on right now and relate it to the reforms of the past. This really would have made the concepts we learned more concrete and relative.
Great! I learned a lot.
A great course for anyone with an interest in education.
This a good introduction course, giving me a chance to broaden my understanding of American education and to know basic rules on how to do research in this area. This course, also provide me a lot of opportunities to communicate with different classmates, through which I share others' feeling and understanding. In a word, I love this course.
Comprehensive in the range of topics covered but also in-depth.
I liked and I found it very helpful.
Wonderful
I definitely enjoyed the class, felt safe to ask questions and add opinions, and felt that I gained a greater understanding of the topics. Thank you so much.
Wonderful course and so important to anyone in education to learn some history of the field in this country.
A necessary class for grad students to fill in the gaps especially international students who have been less exposed to early American educational approaches.
A good course overall.
This is a good class and will expose you to interesting topics in education.
I think that all students should be required to take this course. This course provided me with a solid understanding of the history of education in America and what that history has been like for various groups. The information learned in this course has helped me to understand how our current educational system has been influenced by the past.
-Excellent! -For myself, the mark of a great class is having fun while learning...this class certainly accomplished that.
20. Other comments:
Thanks very much for your always encouragement and help during this semester!
Because it is a history class, would be good background for all other program courses. Would have liked to take it in first semester of program but was not offered in fall semester.
Thank you!