eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Eirik Saethre

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ANTH152A, Spring 2010
ANTH467, Spring 2010
ANTH667, Spring 2010
ANTH425, Fall 2009
ANTH428, Fall 2009

Eirik Saethre: ANTH152A, Spring 2010

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 152A - Culture and Humanity Crn (Section): 88519 (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  
1.21 14 0.43 Freq(%) 11 (79%) 3 (21%) 0 (0%) 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  
1.43 14 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (57%) 6 (43%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
8. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
9. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
11. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The learned the ability to ability to see the unfamiliar as familiar.
I loved the present day examples. Just talking about old people can get boring but he made it interesting and applicable to more than just the final exam.This class taught me to look beyond the surface to understand more about the people and activities going on around me. This is something I value the most of any class I have taken. I also learned the valuable skill of being able to finish long, arduous and rather boring essays and not fall asleep half way through something that holds no interest for me.
I thought that the group presentations were the most valuable. We had to come up with our own questions and our own conclusions involving the week's reading(s).
This course made me view things in a different light and challenge ideas, which I believe will be useful skills in any course I take in the future.
I found the group work most valuable. It forced us to master the information and then be able to teach it to the class. However, Professor Saethre still got involved in case we missed something.
discussions of new ideas
I found it most valuable when we relate the readings in our current society.
Professor Saethre is an amazing educator and very knoledgable
Mr. Saethre was very engaging and made the material fun and interesting to learn.
The readings and different ways of thinking were the most valuable. We discussed things in ways I never thought of before.
his stories of his own field work experiences. thanks for sharing!
Interesting information covered.
I liked the discussions, and the group presentations. They really helped to see a wide variety of perspectives on issues. Also, the fieldwork project was a very good opportunity to experience the practices of anthropological study, and to recognize that even in our own society there is quite a bit that remains foreign to us.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
I love information and knowledge so I rarly find something not valuable to me in one way or another. I loved it all and cannot honestly answer this question.
Though it doesn't have much to do with the class content, I thought there should have been more class participation. During the projects, which were supposed to be mainly discussion, the same two people would do all the talking.
Some concepts I felt I would never use in the future (such as linguistics and language, and signs and symbols.)
students not doing the reading
I find it least valuable doing group readings.
did not like the group presentations
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Some of the readings seemed redundant as we covered the main points in class in more thorough detail.
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14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
16. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
17. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
18. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
19. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
20. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
21. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
22. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
23. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
24. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
25. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
work on controlling people who go off on tangents.
He could, instead of making us read long and boring papers that really only have a few points, teach us them himself and make those lessons more interesting.
I thought this class covered a lot with only two classes a week. The readings were interesting, though some of them were a little dry.
Most of his lectures are carried out completely orally. It would be useful sometimes to use powerpoint or visual tools more often to keep the class engaged.
I would say perhaps offer more flexibility in getting points. Seeing as how there are only 4 parts of the class it could be better if the midterm was given a week previously. Then again the grading was not too harsh.
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Make readings shorter, and focus more on main points rather than generalized information.
One problem was that there was not a lot of incentive to read some of the readings. While some were interesting, there was not a real penalty for failing to keep up with the reading, and it was rather tempting to simply forsake it during busier weeks. In essence, they felt almost optional.
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26. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
prepared, fair
Enthusiastic cheerful knowledgable
interested, open-minded
Enthusiastic. Knowledgeable. Passionate.
Enthusiastic, Inspiring and Passionate
fun and fabulous!
enthusiastic, interesting
Smart Funny Inspiring
enthusiastic, enlightened, worldly
enthusiastic outgoing smart
smart, cool, complicated
Edutainment.
27. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
28. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
29. There was considerable agreement between the announced course and what was taught.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 8 (62%)
30. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked learning new interpretations of cultures.
I liked the skills it taught us to look beyond the surface and find more than just what you see.
I actually enjoyed doing my own anthropology research. It was fun to go out into the field in an area of your own choosing in order to learn more about it.
Everything was fairly interetsing. There was nothing I liked in particular.
I loved the material and the professor. He made me love Anthropology.
Readings were interesting
I liked the class activity of the names where everyone is somehow related to everyone else.
I enjoyed the material covered and his style of teaching
I liked his stories about his fieldwork.
his stories of his own field work experiences. thanks for sharing!
The content covered.
Definitely the discussion.
31. Other comments:
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This class is just about the only one I actually look forward to. Despite being one of my more difficult classes, it's easily the most interesting I am taking this year. Very few teachers can lecture for an hour and yet manage to keep it interesting.
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Eirik Saethre: ANTH467, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 467 - Biomedicine and Culture Crn (Section): 88524 (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  
3.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%) 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  
1.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
7. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
9. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Having some grad students in on the discussions was useful because they have a better background on much of the theory involved and so they were able to broach subjects that many of the undergrads were unfamiliar with.
Readings and in-class discussions.
The course was very comprehensive in the describing the aspects of Biomedicine and Society in that it has tendency to be thought as being two separate things. Biomedicine is part of society, thus the ideals, being sociocultural, political, or economical, of that society effects and is effected by Biomedicine. Biomedicine is society.
The readings, though there was a lot of reading it seemed to be one of the only ways for us to have a good understanding of the concepts that were trying to be achieved in the readings. basically the readings made us see not be told what we were supposed to learn.
The readings challenged me to think in new ways and the discussions helped me to air out my questions in a supportive atmosphere.
Class discussion and summary of readings.
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I would have rather heard more from Dr. Saethre and less from everyone else. He's extremely knowledgeable and an interesting lecturer, though I do appreciate his encouragement of discussion.
Sometimes the discussions tended to lose focus, which was probably the result of groups not managing the topics (and time) effectively. There were times that I wished Dr. Saethre had intervened and put us back on the right course, but on the other hand I see the benefits of having an in-depth discussion like he allowed us to do.
Not enough time to go over the content of the reading and carry on the interesting discussions exchanged in the class period.
certain readings seemed to be only lightly related and i felt could have had a stronger connection. though they weren't that bad because i cant remember the titles.
Initially working in groups was difficult due to the need to coordinate with multiple people, but eventually it all worked out.
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13. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
14. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
15. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
16. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
18. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
19. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
20. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
21. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
22. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
23. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I would like more lectures from him in between the discussions, maybe one before we started reading each new book to give background on the subject.
I really enjoyed this course and Dr. Saethre has made me see the benefits of anthropological work towards understanding biomedicine. The only improvement that I have is to have maybe a longer class period.
maybe leading the discussion a little more or keeping the same structure but adding a question of his to each session.
Perhaps more supplemental lectures?
Summarize readings.
24. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Interesting and knowledgeable
intelligent, funny, encouraging
(Very) Knowledgeable, Well-versed, PASSIONATE
fun, intelligent, articulate
Knowledgeable, approachable, helpful.
personable intelligent
25. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
26. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
27. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
28. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Dr. Saethre's noninvasive guiding of discussions.
I liked that it was mixed undergrad-grad. As an undergrad, I felt like it pushed me to step up my intellectual "game" and get more involved in the readings, class discussions, and course material.
The aspects that I loved about the course is the discussion format we decided to conduct the course for the semester. This allowed students to be heavily involved in not only the content of the assigned reading, but also to think critically and try to connect it with other readings and experience he or she may have had. Another I liked about the course is that the readings were from a diversity of authors that presented different experiences but came, using anthropological theory, to similar conclusions. Reading from diverse authors allowed me to become familiar with different writing styles and perspectives.
Oddly i liked the research paper the best as i was able to find a topic that i was very interested in.
The readings and discussion.
I liked the discussions
29. What changes would you make in the readings?
The reading load was very heavy but I'm not sure that lightening it would really be beneficial. Though some were fascinating others weren't very interesting, so perhaps if the less interesting readings were replaced the load wouldn't feel so bad.
None
I feel that Dr. Saethre would always try to keep the course fresh and up to date. He is a person that always thinks of the best interest of the students and that he will find better and current papers that will portray the points he thinks are important to the course.
none
None. Liked them all, especially the Rapp readings.
I would have less readings so that we had more time to discuss thoroughly each reading.
30. Other comments:
Dr. Saethre's classes are always the highlight of a semester. I will continue to take whatever courses he teaches even though I've already taken all the anthropology electives that I need. This one was difficult but well worth the effort.
Dr. Saethre has broaden my view of society and of biomedicine. My major is microbiology, but because of Dr. Saethre, I have developed a keen interest in medical anthropology and feel that the ethnographies read in class highlight important issues that seem to be overlook in biomedicine. He is my inspiration to not only perceive the world from a hard science perspective :)
Loved this course - I would definitely take it again!

Eirik Saethre: ANTH667, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 667 - Biomedicine and Culture Crn (Section): 88525 (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 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (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 4 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated 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%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
7. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
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%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
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. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The research paper was the most valuable for me. It allowed me to develop an argument on my own on a topic that hasn't been addressed very much in medical anthropology. Additionally, class discussions were fruitful and sparked ideas both during and after class.
Dr. Saethre gives us a real understanding of scholarship. For grad students, the goal of the course was to produce an article for publication, while undergraduate papers were shorter. Through the course readings, and collective critiques of student papers,we get a definitive sense of the challenges of expressing one's ideas in the genre of anthropology. We examine the strengths and weaknesses of varied styles of writing, as well as salient theoretical themes that link the anthropological study of biomedicine.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I didn't think that the peer review of the papers was very valuable since many students didn't them it seriously enough to do it.
The emphasis on the processual nature of writing was so beneficial in this course that it may be good to focus on this aspect more, and streamiline the course readings to compensate.
12. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
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%)
13. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
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%)
14. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
15. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge 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%)
16. 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%)
17. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
18. The instructor is friendly.
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%)
19. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
20. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
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%)
21. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
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%)
22. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Overall I think that the course was great so I'm not sure what suggestions to make. Graduate students participated more than the undergraduates in this course and a few different methods were used to encourage discussion. However, I'm not sure how this can be remedied to equalize participation. Maybe prefacing each period's readings in the prior class would help students when they are reading on their own so that they feel more able to talk.
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assign pre-req readings, or have a pre-req course, for those that are not familiar with medical anthropology
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23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, accessible
Awesome Crackerjack Super Hero
"vegetarian", "person", "Nuanced", "situated/contextualized"
24. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
25. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
26. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
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%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the diversity and quality of the readings.
The readings selections are always well chosen and excellent.
28. What changes would you make in the readings?
If this course is going to be cross-listed again than I would make some of the readings a little lighter.
None.
A few less readings to make room for more interactive writing and critiquing.
29. Other comments:
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Eirik Saethre: ANTH425, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 425 - Medical Anthropology Crn (Section): 74799 (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  
4.07 15 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%) 3 (20%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.47 15 0.52 Freq(%) 8 (53%) 7 (47%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
7. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 6 (40%)
9. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
10. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 2 (13%) 9 (60%)
11. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.13 15 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%) 2 (13%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Class discussions helped clarify readings
the overall knowledge
Question and Answer segments.
I appreciated the group exercise: I met new people from the class and presented material from our readings. I learned the most from this assignment.
The varied aspects of anthropology that I had not previously considered. The course was well thought out and followed a s path of idea development. Although it was a wiriting intensive course it didn't necessarily feel like it. Half of the writing assignments had a flexible due date which should be adopted by more instructors because the life of a student is often chaotic and hard due dates unable to be met risk not reflecting a students understanding or aptitude in a course. Further the research paper project required the submission of an abstract, rough draft and final draft. I feel that this was a good way to make sure that the students keep on a constructive path and are able to develop an effective writing style. Dr. Saethre was also a very effective instructor, open minded, always accessable and responsive. I very much enjoyed this class.
The reading responses and paper were the most valuable for me. The reading responses taught me how to be succinct when writing about complex theoretic issues. Good practice for literature reviews. The paper was a useful tool to apply theoretical concepts and teach the "crafting" of a work.
I think the class discussions were really effective in learning the content. What I especially liked about the course is that the content was learned from reading actual journal articles and not just a text book. This really was a effective way to not only understand the various topics of medical anthropology but also see the different styles of writings of influential medical anthropologistsl
Great overview of the field. Inspiring me to learn more about the field. Contents applicable to my studies and daily life. I loved the class and the readings. Instructor encouraged student participation.
Lectures
The readings were very valuable. They were very diverse and provided me with an array of different writing styles.
learning about different writing styles and approaches was very helpful. especially in an anthropological way
The reading assignments were carefully chosen so that they worked well together. They were also highly interesting. The lectures were informative.
14. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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Long lectures.
All assignments were valuable.
Time frame of the classes was too short to effectively develop thorough discussions on the topics.
I'm not sure if the peer review of the papers was particularly valuable. It was nice to have others point out what was unclear about my paper, but I didn't feel my group members gave constructive criticism. I was just told when I had run-on sentences or misspellings. For my second draft, I had a friend in the department read it and offer comments.
The amount of time per class period is way too short. We were barely able to complete the articles within the 50 min time frame.
I would say the group presentations. I would prefer them to be less about summarizing the chapters and more on analyses. Actually I would prefer if the instructor lectured all the time :)
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15. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
16. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
17. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
18. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
19. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
20. The instructor is skillful in observing student reactions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%)
21. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
22. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
23. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
24. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
25. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Lighten the load a little.
Give handouts regarding theorists/anthropologists who have been mentioned throughout the course (this gives students who aren't anthro majors a better understanding of their work and their importance).
Because it's an upper level course with a lot of reading material he could make the writing assignment two weeks at a time. And a solid review over the final.
Shorten lectures, provide more interaction.
I know we are under time constraints, however, I find that I learn more by having discussions and listening to other people talk about their experiences with medicine. I did not like the class set-up: I wish we could have sat facing each other at a large table or in a circle. It's difficult to communicate and respond to one another when we all face the front of the classroom.
Perhaps shorter reading assignments. Is there a designation for "Reading Intensive" courses? There should be. The reading material was interresting though so it came out in the wash.
I feel that this course is very well structured. The readings from class to class and week to week play off each other well and weave into a comprehensive whole from which students can use to facilitate independent reading. One of the improvements that I would make is to layout a format for the reading responses or deconstruct the sample reading response with the class so that students have a better understanding of how to summarize the anthropological arguments and ethnographic data within an article. This would facilitate a better understanding of HOW to read anthropology - something which needs to be addressed when classes consist of students from a wide array of disciplines.
Maybe not to go on so many tangents away from the paper, though those tangents bring up very interesting topics.
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like we talked about maybe more guided steps to writing anthropologically for undergraduate students
This was a great course and a great instructor. While I think all students would agree that you are nice and have a good sense of humor, you manage to scare many of us when it comes to class work. I think it is the way that you grade and communicate high expectations that might be so scary that students are almost afraid to turn papers in to you. I would recommend toning down the scariness while still maintaining high expectations by perhaps using more positive language in regards to student efforts and expressing more sympathy for the student situation. Sometimes it sounds more like tough love. Also, while the extensive lists of detailed paper requirements are useful in terms of knowing what you expect, they increase the scariness factor for students.
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27. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Compatible Pro-Anthropological!
funny, strict, cool
Funny, Intelligent and personable
Saethre is committed, enthusiastic, and focused.
Gregarious, jovial, effervescent.
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, engaging
Articulate, Animated, and Passionate.
Caring (about the students), interesting (very interesting stories to tell about the field as well as personal examples), punctual (I liked that he started class on time and ended on time).
knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and strict
intellectual, enthusiastic
enthusiastic, passionate
Funny Knowledgeable Strict
28. Reading assignments seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)

Eirik Saethre: ANTH428, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 428 - Anthropology of the Body Crn (Section): 78630 (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  
3.6 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 15 0.49 Freq(%) 10 (67%) 5 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
7. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
9. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
definatly the lecture and how it related to the readings. this cleared up many confusions that i had with the readings.
connecting readings to real life in discussions
I loved the course reading textbook and how the articles in there complemented each other. The selection of the textbook gave a very good overview of the field. The instructor was very animated and knowledgeable - highly dedicated to teaching the class and helping the students gain a foundation in medical anthropology.
The course material covered such a vast amount of ideas, times, places, and events and I felt that the instructor's summaries in each class did a great job of tying so many different subjects with the underlying themes with the course. Without his lectures the material may have been overwhelming, but instead it became a well-worthy challenge.
the readings
Learning about specific anthropologists and philosophers, especially historical figures who are prominent in the field. Also, the presentations and questions.
The textual material and professor's lectures were very stimulating and got me to think deeper about the body vis-a-vis culture and medicine.
Most of the readings were well-chosen, but it was Saethre's lectures that were the most valuable. He is extremely knowledgeable and engaging.
Instructor has a good sense of humor.
Presentations, and student led discussions.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
a few of the readings seemed to do more damage to my feeling of competence in the class. If these readings were cut out i feel the class would dramatically improve.
group projects
I thought the class times were a bit short since the instructor is always so interesting to listen to and the readings bring up so much discussion - we don't always have the time to discuss things at length as many of us would liked. Perhaps twice a week classes but slightly longer? I would recommend oral presentations to include more critical analyses of the articles rather than spending a lot of time summarizing the articles. I also noticed people who spoke very softly were most difficult to understand - and then my interest drops quickly for them even though what they have said might be imporant - perhaps the instructor would give a hint to speak up? :)
The downside to the course itself was primary having it divided into 50 minute periods, which often made the material compacted a bit more than I would have liked.
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Having to hear so many presentations from other students was disappointing because they were less informative (and less interesting) than Saethre's lectures.
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Philosophy
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14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
16. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
17. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
18. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
19. The instructor is skillful in observing student reactions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
20. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
21. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
22. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
23. 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  
3.87 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%) 3 (20%)
24. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
25. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I enjoyed the class but some readings were difficult to understand(philosophical readings) and sometimes the instructor's explanation was not enough to give explanations of the concepts from various aspects. I think the instructor can improve his teaching asking students what kind of issues we could think about from the readings by using contemporary issues or possible future outcomes from the philosophical readings.
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it would be nice if the class was longer because i felt discussions were cut short right when we were getting to the good stuff. also i think breaking the class up into groups to do small group discussions would be helpful for us to get to know each other and feel more comfortable presenting to each other, and also it gives more oppurtunity for everyone to participate
I would just recommend perhaps the classes could be longer each time - and perhaps meet twice a week. Overall, I truly enjoyed this class.
I liked every aspect of this course besides how brief it sometimes felt (which is to its credit, in that the material was so engaging I wanted to expand on it).
find a way to have the class be more of a discussion type instead of lecture.
Less reading in the philosophy section of the course.
N/A.
I would have liked to hear less from other students but since this is an oral communication course it's understandable. I thought there were too many readings packed in-- it made it difficult to keep individual essays and articles straight in my head.
Instructor could relate issues to a broader socio-political context, even outside of anthropology. He could also encourage students to perform more critically.
More peer to peer interaction. Implement attendance policy, small classes lead to bland discussons
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26. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
enthusiastic, involving, intellectually challenging
very competent
quirky, comfortable, knowledgable
Enthusiastic, knowledgable, accessible.
Engaging, critical, and inspiring.
enthusiastic
Enthusiastic, thorough, engaging
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly
Engaging, informative
nice, funny, easy.
Smart, silly and anthropological.
Enthusiastic, knowledgable, interesting