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Instructor: James Shon

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James Shon: SW630, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Social Work
Course: SW 630 - Social Welfare Policy & Svcs Crn (Section): 73632 (002)    
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 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 14 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.29 14 0.91 Freq(%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%)
6. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 14 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%)
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Although I understand the importance of facilitating your own learning, I wish Jim would have been a more active participant in that facilitation. I know he is extremely knowledgeable of the government and legislative processes, but he had a difficult time imparting that knowledge in a way that was conducive to open communication, discussion, and feedback.
add lectures on policy creation or how to change a policy teach from his experience, since he has a lot to give. I really wanted to hear about his adventures of policy and how he can see elements in policy that affect human rights or that perpetuates some type of discrimination. I have read about him and i have even asked about him and everything i hear is awesome. I REALLY wish he would have shared that with us. since he is strong in political science, he should have used that to help us better understand the concepts. be more clear on assignments, it felt like this was his first time teaching this specific class
I felt that we learned most of the course content through our group presentations which took up the vast majority of the semester. Mr. Shon gave us assignments but did not give many lectures. We also had a lot (about 4) guest speakers who ranged in quality. I was very disheartened and angered by the high school teacher friend of Mr. Shon that he brought to speak to us about the education system. This teacher clearly hated his job and had lost all respect for students and children. He was totally inappropriate as a guest speaker for aspiring social workers. Mr. Shon should update his assignments and follow the original version that he hands out. He should also replace some guest speakers.
James Shon does not have structure in his daily lectures. He rambles about any thing that is on his mind. He sees things very one sided and comments on class assignments and assignments with his personal views. He is not a social worker and does not understand a social workers view. This class was difficult to sit through because he taught and graded each class with very little clarity.
He should be teaching the course according to what is given. Felt that he made us students teach and then he just gave feedback. It was not an effective way of teaching.
Provide hands on activities that bring Social Welfare Policies & Services alive in the class room.
Jim was very knowledgeable, however he did not know how to adequately transmit this knowledge. The entire semester he has had us and guest speakers teach the course. The few times he has taught, he was not exactly the most interesting lecturer. He should consider other methods of teaching, such as: - assigning a couple of discussion questions based on the reading to get us talking - splitting us into small groups to work on hypothetical policies - try a game! I specifically remember him reading off a list of questions on a test that was over 100 questions long. It was really boring, and it took 45 minutes. What if he had used that 45 minutes to play Jeopardy with those questions? The winning team could get an extra point, and the entire class would be engaged! - less emails. It is extremely overwhelming to get sometimes 5 emails per week from one teacher on top of the 50 we get from the university in general. - Another idea would be to give extra credit for students who are active in the community (i.e., for attending a community event)
-By actually teaching the course instead of having the students teach the coursework. It would have been more meaningful if he had taught the class. I feel that I did not get much from the coursework as well as didnʻt really learn much about policy. -Use 1 main course book, not 2... Itʻs confusing to see different points and writing styles in the same class. It doesnʻt help in understanding what is needed to be in regards to coursework. -List what you want in the syllabus and grading in a more accurate way. I followed what was asked of me on that. For me, I look at the syllabus as my course "Bible" that tells me what to do. I feel that he lead students to believe he wanted something one way, but it was totally opposite come the day where we needed to turn in our papers or do our presentations. -Be more clear in expectations and be clear in instructions. It wasnʻt given clearly and was hard to figure out what was being expected in terms of course work. Also, if questions were asked, you come off as rude when you say things like "Iʻve already explained this to you. Why do I need to repeat myself?". If this is happening, itʻs happening because you are unclear.
His comments are sometimes condescending (I don't think he purposely words things this way). He could also provide stronger guidelines for his assignments; sometimes they weren't as clear as they should be. The class structure was also a little strange. He should do more hands-on activities! The student presentations were okay, but the guidelines weren't clear and grading was based on his opinion, rather than whether it met specific measurable goals. The guest lectures were okay, but some were better than others; maybe have more student feedback on who they would like to be a guest lecturer or which guest lecturer they would prefer.
less books, more effective communication, seems condescending. clearer on assignments. it would have been nice to know that one would be able to do a rewrite for each assignment. before knowing that, I think everyone was freaking out about grades. too many emails although a good amount of them were worth knowing. let students know what needs to be done and what is optional.
Having more structure. It is very vague and difficult to understand the goals of the class. There were a lot of arbitrary grading which made doing the work harder.
8. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.43 14 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 14 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 8 (57%) 2 (14%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 14 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%)
11. 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  
3.79 14 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 4 (29%)
12. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%) 7 (50%)
13. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 14 1.34 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 4 (29%)
14. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 14 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The deliverables! I really enjoyed the assignments given by Jim because they were challenging and prompted critical thinking.
Mr. Shon is the most valuable aspect in this class! By far, he has so much to give. student presentations
Mr. Shon has experience in the Legislature and understands the system very well.
None, I could not challenge myself because I had to write my assignments in the way I thought Shon wanted it. The way I wrote or what I said even if it was what was on the requirements was not enough for Shon. He always made new rules.
I felt that as a student, I was more frustrated with the critiques that were given. I had no real instructions, but was given a whole lot of things to do. It was a hit or miss with this class.
Bringing real time examples into each lesson and guest speakers where insightful and inspiring.
I did not enjoy this course, so this is tricky. I suppose the final paper topic was interesting. I enjoyed the few times students facilitated interesting conversations.
I enjoyed when he involved the class in discussions! I enjoyed hearing other students' comments. I also appreciated the opportunities given to revise writing assignments.
some of the extra government lecture.
16. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.07 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 2 (14%)
17. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.36 14 0.93 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 0 (0%)
18. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.64 14 1.08 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 0 (0%)
19. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.07 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 0 (0%)
20. Students frequently volunteer their own opinions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.57 14 1.4 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%)
21. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.43 14 1.55 Freq(%) 3 (21%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 4 (29%)
22. 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  
3.5 14 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%)
23. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.57 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%)
24. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.43 14 1.28 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 3 (21%)
25. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
i felt that mr. shon is fired up about his work however he doesn't know how to share that enthusiasm with us.
He belittled us a lot in the beginning of the course. He often made comments like "I assume none of you read the book". I felt that he had no hope for us as future policy makers.
He never really taught, except to give us a lot of reading; but would not go into details or make it interesting.
Dr. Shon cared about students and engaged with them.
Jim often came across as condescending. I'm not sure if he realized this or not, or if he cared, but that is certainly how his students perceived him. If he asked a question and someone got it wrong, he made them feel bad and/or small. He also seemed to have high expectations of us, but did not know how to "meet us where we were" or how to set the scaffolding for us so that we could reach his expectations. For example, he seemed irritated that we weren't "getting" Stone (one of our texts). Yet, we were never provided an opportunity to discuss Stone in detail in class. And even if he were to facilitate such a discussion, his condescending tone once you offered an opinion or idea, would quickly shut you and everyone else up.
I could tell that he had a concern for students, but the way it came across told otherwise. Also, it came off as more, no offense, arrogant and condescending. It wasnʻt from a social workers perspective. I understood this though and gave him the benefit of the doubt.
He is understanding and helpful at times. However, he is also somewhat condescending in comments. It is also a frustrating learning environment. I observed (and experienced, myself) some students felt defeated when they did not know information. It would be greatly improved by a more positive supportive and encouraging learning environment.
at first comes across as not concerned at all about the students, but then his feedback is insightful though it still can be construed as condescending
26. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
His willingness to provide all students with feedback regarding their assignments with an opportunity to resubmit. Feedback was appropriate and clear.
he is knowledgable about the subject matter he is politically involved he has a great background he has so much to share and give he tried to encourage us to think about professional development, self-initiation, and research he acts with integrity he is easy to approach but hard to get direct answers from he gave us chances to re do our papers and make correction, even if i did not use the opportunity he can see the bigger picture, in policies that are exsisting
His experience in the policy field. He was greatly lacking in being able to relate to social workers who work on the ground level of things (case management, outreach).
Shon always allowed us a second chance on assignments with his feedback.
Dr. Shon is very intelligent. He shows passion for charter school, politics, and his personal beliefs. He is a great thinker in his own world.
Responds to email immediately. Provides useful feedback.
The text books he provided gave 4 differing viewpoints and all provided examples that were applicable to the class.
He allowed for us to have up to 2 drafts of our papers and gave us critiques on how to make improvements.
He was very knowledgeable about certain subjects. He also pushed us a lot to expand our knowledge of "the system" and how to create positive social change in the political environment (however, sometimes had higher expectations than originally communicated).
his policy briefs, when his expectations were properly given. tell the students what he expects and have better handouts explaining.
27. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Again, the learning environment was not always conducive to open discussion. However, the course did improve as the semester went on!
did not clearly explain the expectations of the class and the course work he was not good at sharing his passion with us, therefore i did not get that much from his knowledge and experience of policy creation, which is a LOST for me. Considering he is awesome! i felt like i needed him to be more involved with us, while in class. I didnt like that we had presentations for a large portion of class. I wanted to learn from him instead of from just each other i wanted to learn more about how to CHANGE or CREATE a POLICY
His assignments had been written years ago and not updated. All assignments were explained and handed out at the 1st class but Mr. Shon would change his ideas without handing out a new assignment or telling us. We were constantly trying to figure out what he expected of us.
He has a speaker that was an elementary school teacher. He was very upsetting to sit through. He first started his talk with saying that ALL students are bad, they ALL do drugs, ALL drink, ALL steal, ALL do not listen, ALL do not want to be in school. Then he went on about how students shouldn't be in school if they do not want to. He was very close minded in how he viewed students. Students that he taught. I thought he should not have been a teacher... he said not one thing good about students in high school.
Dr. Shon is very intelligent and knowledgeable but he lacked how to communicate and educate the students in his class. Material wise was outdated and it was not interesting. Majority of the time it was students teaching with him just on the side with a few comments. Except for 2 speakers that were interesting, but the topics covered that day was so different. Things needs to correspond with chapter of the day; it was confusing. Be more concise of expectations and don't put your personal beliefs into how a student is to write or feel about a subject.
I challenge Dr. Shon to provide more time for students to cover chapters in class and to challenge the students to find guest speakers on their topics.
I mentioned in previous sections.
High expectations with little communication.
constant questioning which sounded like he was talking down to us
He made it very difficult to want to speak up by putting down any wrong answers or differing opinions to his own. It seemed very personal at some points and made me not want to ever talk in this class.
28. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
2.93 14 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 4 (29%) 0 (0%)
29. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 1.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%)
30. 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  
3.5 14 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 2 (14%)
31. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.07 14 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 0 (0%)
32. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.21 14 1.31 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%)
33. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 14 1.3 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%) 2 (14%)
34. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
2.93 14 1.07 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%) 0 (0%)
35. Other comments:
i feel like my classmates misunderstood him a lot but it was due to his different style in teaching. The class constantly grumbled (including myself) however Mr. Shon did try his best and he was accommodating!
I can see the passion that Shon has for the subject that he teaches, however, he needs to structure what he talks about, how he talks about it, and how he listens to his students.
Dr. Shon is a great teacher, but does not relate to the social work field too well. He should be teaching a political science or history or government courses.
Even though I did not like Jim as a professor, I do like and respect him as a person. I just think his teaching style needs some serious improvement.
I really hope that I am not offending you by my comments. This is honest feedback just as you have given us as students yours in various emails and through your comments on my papers. I hope that you take these into consideration and wish you the best of luck. Thank you!
the assignments were very valuable once i understood the expectations.