eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Ehito Kimura

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POLS110A, Spring 2012
POLS305, Fall 2011
POLS305, Spring 2010
POLS110A, Fall 2009

Ehito Kimura: POLS110A, Spring 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 110A - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 88525 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
4. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I loved the small, discussion based class and that we only met once a week so I could mostly work on my own time.
The class discussion was very insightful. I loved to hear my fellow students opinions and what they found important from the readings.
The most valuable aspect of this course was meeting together and discussing what we learned. I felt that I took away more from our discussions, then I did from the readings. Another thing that I thought was valuable, as well as applicable, was the current events discussions that we'd have at the beginning of every class.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Sometimes too much reading!
nothing
None, really.
7. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
10. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
11. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
14. Other comments:
Ehito is truly a great teacher. The reading load was heavy, but always intellectually stimulating. I can sincerely say, this political science has helped me view the world in a new way.
Great class, I love the small size. Professor Kimura is very intellectual yet easy to talk with. He had high expectations of the class since it is an Honors course and I feel like I learned a great deal from the readings and discussions.
I absolutely enjoyed the teaching style of this class. It was very much a type of "talk story" atmosphere, that encouraged me, as while as others, in the class to think critically about the subject matter and not be afraid to share their thoughts on it. Professor Kimura is a fantastic instructor, with a sturdy academic background and his fair share of enlightening experiences (especially in Asia). He does well to transform difficult material into something that can be easily comprehended. The only gripe about this class, was the extensive amount of writing involved, it should possibly be considered a "writing intensive" class; but on the other hand it is understandable seeing that we didn't have any mid-terms or finals. Other than that, Professor Kimura is a great teacher, as well as a extremely nice and humble person. I will definitely miss this class, and am looking forward to taking more classes, in the future, by Professor Kimura.

Ehito Kimura: POLS305, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 305 - Global Politics/Comparative Crn (Section): 75592 (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  
3.45 33 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 17 (52%) 12 (36%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.58 31 0.5 Freq(%) 13 (42%) 18 (58%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 33 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (15%) 28 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 33 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (21%) 26 (79%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 33 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (24%) 25 (76%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 33 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 10 (30%) 20 (61%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The teacher had power points to follow for the lecture that he later posted to Laulima. In this course the teacher was highly knowledgeable and very aprochable if you didn't fully understand a topic or concept.
Powerpoints and the professors lecture were, of course, valuable as were the readings. The profs. use of videos in addition to his lecture and slides were great. He also always encouraged class discussion at the beginning of class by beginning with applicable current events. It was a very good way to get us warmed up for class in the morning.
His informative lectures and in-class writing assignments were so interesting and engaging. I loved coming to this class.
Professors ability to relate all of our studies to modern day happenings.
Lectures were very informative. I especially liked the video clips that were used as supplements to the lecture.
I thought that the way Prof. Kimura sectioned off the class into three parts worked really well. Everything covered was really relevant. I especially liked the section on ethnicity. The source readings were also beneficial.
The simply knowledge of the History and the present standings of a foreign political system, Helps me to better understand why some countries might discriminate towards Americans , and Americans to others as well
The methods that Ehito uses for teaching. It makes me interested of what is happening around the world.
Everything was pretty valuable.
posting lectures online/laulima
I really enjoyed the lectures, Professor Kimura is very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Also the fact that we spent about five minutes going over current events was nice.
Media visuals, applied theories of political science
Solid overview of poli sci. Most of the readings were very good. The lecture was good as well.
the lectures.
I felt that every topic covered is valuable. I found his case studies to be ery relevant to the topic that he was covering and it helped me to better understand the topic he was teaching.
Powerpoints!!!
The lectures helped me out a lot and putting the slides online
kept it interesting by using current events and was easy to follow and look back because of the lectures posted on laulima.
The most valuable aspect of the course is Professor Kimura's great PPT presentations. They are really well made, clear, concise, posted online, and provide enough information to avoid clutter while not providing too much to the point where you could look back at them and fully understand the material without listening during class and reading (a really great balance).
I thought that the course was well structured and the material was interesting and that the added media was helpful. Also the talks about current events should be sustained.
The reaction papers
I think this class was extremely good in a sense that the professor allowed for discussion periods as well as lectures.
-The midterms -The PowerPoint and videos -Fun attitude of the instructor that the students could relate to
learning and reflecting on global issues was cool I was forced to keep current with news if I wanted to actively engage in class.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
This class had so much information that almost any of lectures could have easily been expanded to a two or three week lesson.
The fact that the readings were not specifically addressed and discussed meant that many of us did not do them. Kimura is a knowledgeable as well as interesting prof., but his classes were taught very much in a lecture hall style. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but also not the format I prefer personally.
Nothing.
None
While the readings were helpful, the amount was hard to keep up with. Would have liked if the powerpoints were released before lectures so that we could focus on additional information not on the slides. Also lecturer often went through slides so fast it was frustrating to try to take notes.
The long, repetitive power points and lectures were sometimes sleep-inducing, but in response to feedback Prof. Kimura changed it up in the second half of the semester and added more discussion and alternate media, which worked really well.
i suppose least valuable would be the in depth information on how many seats are held in other foreign political systems, Not the difference between a dictatorship and a Democracy but the fact that Britan might house 50 members or so in its house of lords
None.
Is it offensive if I say some of my classmates?
attendence policy
I had no issues with the class. the least valuable aspect of the course was the kid that sat in the back of the room and just blurted out random comments throughout class.
9 am start time
Time limitations of the class means it is doomed to be very broad and not very deep.
nothing really.
nothing
Laulima readings
the writing in class wasnt that helpful was only a page long and hard to get a point across
none
The girl in the front who keeps on talking as if she is contributing to something.
Nothing really
-The physical size of the classroom. We need a bigger classroom.
too much focus on the power point but still good lectures
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 33 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (18%) 26 (79%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 33 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (30%) 23 (70%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 33 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 7 (21%) 24 (73%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 33 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (21%) 25 (76%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 33 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (24%) 25 (76%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.79 33 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (21%) 26 (79%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 33 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (30%) 22 (67%)
16. Other comments:
This was hands down the best teacher and best course I've had all semester and the second best teacher and course ever. Ehito Kimura was easy to follow even during complex subjects, he gave a good historical background to present day issues and topics.
This course covered interesting topics and the prof. was interesting.
Awesome professor, awesome class. I don't have any suggestions for change, I think class structure and assignments/exam structure should be kept the same. I learned a lot!
Loved it! Recommend it to any one who can take it
I greatly enjoyed this course and learned quite a lot. I would definitely look at taking more classes from this professor in the future.
The opening statements on what is going on around the world remind me to be informed on what is going on today not only for this class but for sheer enjoyment.
I wish to take more classes with Ehito.
Really interesting content! Professor really knows the material!
i had an excellent semester with you. will be taking you again in the future.
Great class and an even better teacher!
Test seemed a little too demanding of detail for a survey type class. Study guide was too broad to be really helpful.
No comment
The instructor is good in what he does and has a good pattern. Sometime he forgets to post the slides but he will eventually post it if you notify him. He is flexible and able to keep up with the new digital generation.
Taking his 390 course next semester and excited

Ehito Kimura: POLS305, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 305 - Global Politics/Comparative Crn (Section): 82860 (001)     86359 (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  
3.04 28 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 11 (35%) 17 (61%) 5 (16%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.6 25 0.5 Freq(%) 10 (40%) 21 (72%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 22 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 28 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (43%) 19 (61%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 28 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (29%) 13 (46%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 28 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 11 (39%) 14 (50%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
readings.
The aspects of nationalism and political economy were probably the most intriguing. Also the thought of race and identity and social capital were very valuable to the class. The lectures were effective. I felt some of the reading was monotonous.
I find it most interesting learning about the different political systems that exist around the world and the countries' relations with each other.
everything
In class writings
Everything was.
EVERY DAY OF CLASS
The topics as well as the relevant guest speaker were very valuable.
getting a general knowledge of world politics.
It was hard to engage myself if I didnt read the materials assigned. Sometimes the materials were too long and I could not read them all before the following class. I wish it were a little more in depth about our reading. Although the reading is fun, at times it felt like a waste of time to read and not discuss it.
The professor was knowledgeable about the material in the course. All of the power point presentations helped the material sink in.
The powerpoints were really helpful to follow along with the information. It was also very useful that it was posted so we could review it for the exams.
Posting Lectures online
The slide shows were great. I learned the most from the lectures.
The lectures of the course were most valuable because it allowed us to better learn the material with the visuals. I also believe that the readings were helpful because it allowed us to refer to them if there was anything in the lectures that we were unclear on.
Professor kimura was very knowledgable about the course and could describe the material in detail. He was very thourough in his explanations and lectures which made it easier to learn.
The guest speaker was very informative and fascinating, and provided a real-life application of the course material. Writing assignments were useful for brainstorming about certain concepts.
Readings were well chosen and effective in helping me to gain more understanding into the concepts we discussed in class.
His lectures and powerpoint presentations were simple and precisely to the point. I liked it.
Great professor
The powerpoints showed a clear outline of the material.
In-depth discussion about the political features or cultures globally.
the powerpoints
Powerpoints are available online. Help is always offered when you need it.
learning about political systems outside the united states.
powerpoints
Case analyses relevant to broad concepts were helpful
Organizational presentation of important lessons each class. Very clear and thorough with instruction.
The aspects of this course that I found most valuable were learning about politics in not only the U.S. but also in other countries.
Really knowledgeable about the subject.He is able to answer questions and reply to us on an "easy to understand" level.
Instructor is well versed with his subject and connects well with students. Curriculum is very tightly managed and presented well. Ehito Kimura is one of the few instructors that is truly an educator and seems to care about his students, which is sadly a rarity at this fine institution. Instructor makes good use of powerpoint presentations which are very helpful. The readings offered were very well selected and fit relatively well with the lectures.
Powerpoint.
Powerpoint presentations along with lectures were helpful and eaiser to take notes. Readings before classes were also helpful.
Kimura related information well to students and didn't act like he was above the students. Very smart, and he is a good lecturer.
I really liked the structure of the examinations because they were challenging and yet forced a type of preparation that has helped me to retain the knowledge and enabled me to thusly utilize it in my other political science courses this semester. The fact that the professor was always prepared for class played a big role as I have often times become disenchanted with classes in other subjects as professors didn't seem to want to even be there.
I like the lecture style of powerpoint.
I think all aspect of it.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
powerpoint was a bit dry, and, information would have been more effective as handouts. but given budget cuts..
The way some of the authors repeated themselves, also the lack of guidance for the midterm. The professor attempted to fix this problem in the second half of the class.
fascism
n/a
Nothing
NONE
None
none
Study Guides hardly helpful
The reading was a pain mostly because it was all online. I would have preferred a course reader or something like that.
I believe that the reaction papers were the least valuable only because we wrote our reactions only for the professor to see, which was fine with me, but how did it help us to learn the material?
The reading were really long and sometimes difficult to understand.
Grad assistant lecture. Felt like this was a wasted week of class.
N/A
I wish the readings were shorter.
Too many readings
i dont know
boring
n/a
None
Studders a lot.
A printed reader would be nice and more convenient. Printing hundreds or even a 1000 pages is not fun or cost effective on a home inkjet printer. Paying 10 cents a copy at the library can often wind up costing as much as a textbook would. A reader would be the most cost effective solution for students and would allow the instructor an even greater control over course content and material.
Nothing.
I did not like taking his exams. He should not expect us to memorize so much and have a test in essay form with a short amount of time to do written work. His exams were much harder and graded on too high of a standard that would make it impossible to score high on, even though showing proof that I had the knowledge of the material at hand, I did not get a score I think I deserve based on the test given.
The readings were really long at times, and were hard to read. Some need to be scanned again to get a better image.
I didnt care so much for the Foreign Policy assignment. For future classes, I would recommend a lecture better explaining the assignment.
Nothing
none
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 31 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 12 (39%) 17 (55%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 31 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 10 (36%) 16 (52%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 27 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 11 (41%) 16 (52%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 28 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 10 (32%) 18 (58%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 30 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (30%) 19 (63%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.42 31 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 1 (4%) 10 (32%) 18 (58%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.14 28 0.8 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 18 (64%) 8 (29%)
16. Other comments:
GA's lecture was somewhat confusing so suggestion is to have lecturer go over the lecture again/summarize the main points to get out of the lecture.
course content was an interesting mix of concepts
NO COMMMENTS
none
Professor Kimura is definitely enthusiastic about what he is teaching, and he tries to engage the students in the class. He is very knowledgeable in political science; was available and open for students to ask questions; He gives many readings; and a few extra credits to help students; and lectures were understandable during the latter half of the semester. What I feel he needs to improve however, is how he taught the first half of the class (different styles of the government, and the case studies). We would have to read a case study of a particular country and use it as a case study to study their government and how it functioned; but the lecture felt like they only summarized the general overview of the readings. If i.e. parliamentary government is going to be taught, the professor should not try to give us an entire summary (which turns out to become broad), but rather make sure that he identifies the main points he feels is valuable and go in depth on it. This recommendation only applies to the first half of the class however; the second half was very comprehensive. Overall it was a good class.
I learned a lot within this course and it helped broaden my perspective on politics within the U.S. and in the world. I enjoyed sitting through the lectures because of the Powerpoints and being able to visually see the material at hand.I only wish that the readings were a little shorter or that we covered the readings at some point within the lectures.
overall, this course was very intellectually stimulating and interesting. Professor was very knowledgeable about course material. However, I feel that some of the course material, especially some of the more abstract and complicated concepts were maybe not explained as thoroughly as they could have been, and I wasn't as clear about certain parts of the material.
Thank you Ehito-san...Glenn White
Ehito Kimura was such a wonderful teacher! He clearly presented facts while proposing questions to challenge our imagination.
You need to have less readings, multiple choice tests, and grade the papers easier. There are way too many terms to know for the test. Also two essay questions for the final is a little ridiculous.
no
Tests have way too many terms to learn. The teacher grades too hard on papers and on the test.
n/a
Great professor and great class as well! I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is studying political science as well as other fields of education
The only thing I did not like about this course is that there is no rubric for the midterm or final exam.This makes it really hard for students to answer most questions as we do not know what the instructor wants.Although Ehito does show an example of one problem,but you can't really use that for the entire exam.
In class writing exercises are nice but often seem too be a bit impromptu, which often does not allow enough time for critical thought of the subject matter. Perhaps submission of the in class writing assignments could be done through Laulima and be due the same day or day after the class. Group discussions and perhaps more group activities may also be incorporated within reason. I am glad I took your course as it filled many gaps for me despite taking Pols 315 before and several other international relations classes. I also seemed to learn as much in this class as I have learned in a Western Political theory course. I wish I had taken you earlier on in my educational path.
He is a great teacher.
Please change the way you administer the exams. They would be eaiser to grade and show how well a student learned if it were not only in essay form.
Great organization of the class!
I am disappointed to see that you are not instructing any courses in the Fall. Thank you for a fabulous class!
None
Keep it up!!!
The course is good. I liked the way Professor Ehito Kimura teaches the class. His knowledge in this class is great. He always makes us engage in class discussions and i like the current affairs part of the class, 10-15 minutes before class starts. Keep that part alive in the course. Its enjoyable. Overall, Good class, excellent professor

Ehito Kimura: POLS110A, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 110A - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 75423 (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  
1.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 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  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I really enjoyed discussing the readings in class and have learned A LOT form the class. The teachers was extremly knowledgable.
I felt that the style and setup of the course was excellent. The documents which we went over were far more interesting than any textbook. Most importantly however, the professor did an excellent job of covering the material and making sure we had a comprehension of it.
I definitely enjoyed the readings (despite their length). This statement is one I can make AFTER taking the course...does that make sense?
learning all about the general overview of political science over the expectations that i had of the class.
Challenging in class discussion. Course material often applicable to real-life scenarios--practical utility.
The course discussion were very helpful and cleared up concepts that were confusing.
The diverse, higher-level readings were valuable. I also liked the inclusion of some multimedia resources. The class discussions were generally engaging, and I liked opening with the discussion of current events, as it encouraged me to follow the news.
At first, I felt a little irritated at the professor, as well as the course. While it was an honors course, it was an introductory class, and I felt the readings were very long and beyond most of our knowledge. However, when Professor Kimura offered us a chance to tell how we felt, he slightly changed the course schedule while still keeping it challenging. I came to really enjoy the readings and liked the class lectures. He was very knowledgeable and challenged us to think critically.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
There was a lot of reading and so it was hard to take it all in and think about all of ti.
I honestly can't think of any. This sincerely was my favorite class.
I wish we had different types of media. However, I realize that it's a seminar class.
the amount of information in one session of the class where i cannot retain all of what is said in class even with note-taking.
Far too advanced readings for an introductory course. Learning to run before one knows how to walk eliminates any motivation to succeed in the course.
Some of the course readings were very long and very difficult to understand.
Although I appreciated not having to read a textbook, it is more difficult to read articles in digital form. I could have printed them out, but this adds up at nine cents per page and the papers become difficult to manage. I don't know if there is a way to get a custom book of articles, like the "Among Nations" one I see advertised in Foreign Affairs, but if there is, that would be ideal.
I had a hard time at the beginning of the class, but we were given a chance mid-semester to share how we felt. I think this was extremely helpful and by offering an evaluation during the semester (as opposed to at the end) allowed for the class to be the most effective and beneficial.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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 was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)