eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Jennifer Goodyear-Kaopua

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POLS301, Fall 2013
POLS720, Fall 2013
POLS301, Fall 2011

Jennifer Goodyear-Kaopua: POLS301, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 301 - Hawaii Politics Crn (Section): 77296 (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  
3.08 13 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%) 4 (31%) 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  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I took this course to fulfill one of my POLS minor requirements.
subject matter
just wanted to take a upper division class for POLS. I loved my POLS180 class so decided to take this class.
i need this course to graduate. I also wanted to understand the Hawaiian system of Government and how it operates.
It is a POLS minor requirement, it had a good time, and I like this subject on Hawai'i politics.
Minor
because it fulfills a requirement .
-POLS major elective requirement -Instructor and her studies in ea and aloha 'Ä?ina
If fulfilled a POLS major requirement and sounded interesting to me.
It was a requirement for my major.
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
She created the course to focus more no application rather than content. Although it was very important to learn the content in order to apply what we've learned, the application really allowed me to see how important it is for me to engage in politics and see how it affects me in my every day life. In a sense, she inspired me to want to do things in politics.
Actually the course was difficult to me but she understood my situation and encouraged me.
Very diligent onto helping those who are falling behind in class. I found it very helpful to also have a TA in the class. I didn't ask him for any help with the course but it was very helpful to see some other person conducting parts of the class. The projects are Amazing.
She was very transparent, very lenient with students and very informative. Challenging us to focus. She is indeed a great educator,
She was very understanding and thoughtful teacher. She has good clear teaching and hands on learning.
the discussions
She knows what sheʻs talking about and she uses her life experiences to elaborate on a subject matter.
Noelani is very approachable and presents topics that are current, and teaches methods that are applicable to real life situations in Hawai'i politics. She presents topics in a balanced manner, and presents lectures that intertwine group participation/activities. Kumu also integrates other methods into her teaching, such as various ways of art. She has clear expectations for her assignments and is open to suggestions to her students.
She was very accommodating even if it meant more work for her.
She was very good in lectures and explaining the history of the politics that took place in Hawaii. Very helpful in answering questions and patient with each students. Knowledgeable in her topics and what the class is about in lectures which is easy to understand. This class was fun when reenacting the play for the 1892 which was done in class as well as other presentation the class had to do. I can say that it can build self confidence in students to stand in front of other students and speak without fear or shame. Most of all, I like the creative in class and make the students participate in class activities and work in groups so the class don't get bored. So mahalo Kumu for the great experience and a fun semester.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Nothing that I can think of. I really like the projects that she issues instead of exams - a lot easier for me to grasp the concepts she teaches in class.
Sometimes, she used Hawaiian word it made me confused.
The first project was a bit hard for me. I didn't understand the details which caused me to be lost in class. if she could have more details out for each project event that would be nice. A lot of big words that I did not understand. It felt like she was talking to fellow Political Science majors. I was not familiar to the language. every term that related to the slideshows should be defined.
i found nothing that was not valuable. all lessons were great.
Nothing.
class notes
none
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.38 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%) 0 (0%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%) 0 (0%)
19. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%) 0 (0%)
20. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.69 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%) 0 (0%)
21. Other comments:
Fabulous instructor. Covered a number of different political entities in Hawai'i. In my opinion, I felt that it was focused more on sovereignty and Hawai'i as a nation-state rather than the politics of Hawai'i today for the general public. I would have also liked to learn more about those kinds of topics. I definitely enjoyed hearing about Kuhio's idea of sovereignty - it definitely made me think twice. I think that he should always be invited to the course because it's a nice touch to the course and allows me to think differently.
Thank you for your kindness and lecture.
LOVE THE PROJECTS!!!
I would take and recommend her class to anyone.
I highly recommended this course for any pols sci majors.

Jennifer Goodyear-Kaopua: POLS720, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 720 - Seminar: Indigenous Theory Crn (Section): 79456 (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 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (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  
1.09 12 0.3 Freq(%) 10 (83%) 1 (8%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Out of general curiosity/interest. However, it has quickly become more and more important to me over these past few weeks.
I chose to take this course because of its subject matter. After viewing an earlier year's syllabus on the Indigenous Studies Program page, I was attracted to the prospect of a theoretical approach to the study of indigeneity.
Subject matter and instructor
The subject matter was very interesting and relevant to my field of study in Education. The instructor is also well known in the field of education in Hawaii and that also drew me to the course.
Subject Matter
I chose this because of my interest in the subject combined with the time/day it was scheduled.
This course is necessary to understand what indigenous theory is and how to apply it toward my own work.
I chose this course because of its focus on Indigeneity and having Goodyear-Kaʻopua as an instructor. This course also fulfilled an elective credit for my department.
I chose to take this course primarily because of the subject matter and the instructor. As a PhD student focusing in Indigenous Politics, this course was important in helping me to critically think about and consider the theoretical frameworks of Indigenous scholarship, particularly as it relates to political sovereignty and issues related to sovereignty. Dr. Goodyear-KaÊ»Å?pua reputation as an excellent instructor, mentor, and person reaches well beyond the walls of the Political Science department. She, and the courses she teaches, were some of the main reasons I decided to pursue a PhD in Political Science here at UHM.
I chose to take this course to expand my knowledge of sovereignty and Indigenous theories about it.
I chose to take this course as an undergrad because kumu Goodyear-Kaopua's seminars are the most thought-provoking classes that I've ever taken. Kumu's courses are no joke; the readings are challenging and there's a lot; the writing is intensive, and the quality of the in-class discussions easily helps further one's scholarship.
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
She is a very intuitive and warm instructor. She also does not make the students feel like there is any kind of hierarchy between her and the rest of the class, which has made discussions and learning so wonderful.
Professor Goodyear-Kaopua radiated a calmness in class that made it very evident that she embraced all that each student had to contribute. This did not come at the cost of her own politics or opinions, however, as she did interject quite often to enhance discussion on any number of topics. Finally, Professor Goodyear-Kaopua's community tie to the members of the Ho'oulu 'Aina organization meant that our class was exposed to a different approach to indigenous theory that involved philosophy in practice, or praxis.
Very kind, knowledgeable, and helpful. Great course!
She really knows how to create safe space in the classroom that nurtures genuine philosophical inquiry. She also is really good at connecting theories and concepts from class into real lived practices. She is really concerned with everyone's engagement, understanding, and success in the course.
She has the ability to look through layers and analyze the roots of the problem. She provides a space for everyone to speak up. Absolutely Amazing professor!
The general design of the course facilitation thoughtful and meaningful discussion between and among students and with the professor. The design also facilitated relationship-building between and among students as well. She accomplished this while creating a safe place for discussion.
Her willingness to go outside the bounds of the classroom as a means with which to provide a rich and meaningful experience that translates theory as praxis in the care of the aina. This was very beneficial.
Prof. Goodyear-KaÊ»Å?pua is an excellent class discussion facilitator. She engages students in class discussion about the relevant course material in ways that make students feel empowered and confident in our abilities to express our likes, dislikes, critiques, analyses, and praises of the material. She is also extremely approachable, down-to-earth, and more than willing to help students understand the material and achieve their goals in the class.
Her willingness to listen to students, ask good questions, and most importantly, getting us students into the community by doing class at Hoʻouluʻaina. Kumu Noe recognized the need to put theory and theoretical framework into practice. Not all teachers can do this, and it was one of the most valuable experiences I've had in a class.
Kumu helped me a lot this semester in applying for grad school. Without her assistance and recommendations, I would have been lost in the process. Also, her timely responses via email was most valuable for me, since I live very far from campus!
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
None.
Nothing!
N/A
Nothing
Nothing
N/A
n/a
n/a
n/a
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%) 0 (0%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%) 0 (0%)
19. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%) 0 (0%)
20. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%) 0 (0%)
21. Other comments:
Highly recommend this course
As tough as this course may have been for me, I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to take the class. This course was really foundational in my transition to Hawaii and to a PhD program. The learnings from this course will definitely influence my relationship to Hawaii and my research in a more critical, equitable, and socially-conscious way.
I think there is an element missing in question 20. The course provided me with tools and skills, but ultimately, it is the students' responsibility to increase or develop their "ability to explain the interconnectedness . . . ." The professor and the course fulfilled what it needed to, students are responsible for the other parts of learning and skills development. This is the reason why I chose "agree" rather than "strongly agree" because I don't think this question adequately reflects the responsibility of each student.
Goodyear-Kaʻopua has been a supportive and eye-opening instructor. She makes herself available for her students and takes great care in making sure her class is invested in understanding how to make things better for Indigenous communities.
Dr. Goodyear-Kaʻopua is an excellent teacher and mentor, and an inspiring scholar and leader. I would recommend this course, and any other taught by her to any student. Mahalo nui!
My only critique, and this is small, is I would have liked more readings from the Indigenous Pacific. It is good to have comparative frameworks with Native American, Canadian, and Australian Aboriginals , but this would provide even more context given that Hawaiʻi is part of the Pacific. Having said that, I did enjoy the readings we had.

Jennifer Goodyear-Kaopua: POLS301, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 301 - Hawaii Politics Crn (Section): 79127 (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  
3.44 27 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 12 (44%) 12 (44%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.46 26 0.51 Freq(%) 14 (54%) 12 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 27 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 27 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (26%) 20 (74%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (11%) 23 (85%)
6. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (22%) 19 (70%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (30%) 19 (70%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 5 (19%) 19 (70%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (33%) 17 (63%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Course work was based on issues that are relevant and important to Hawaii and most assignments connected those things to the individual to encourage students to be more involved.
The projects.
I learned an incredible amount on subjects that are controversial in Hawaii. I was able to thoroughly research them and come up with my conclusions which were received well even if the were contrary to the popular opinion. I really liked this course, even though there were times when the conversation got emotional and volatile. Prof. Goodyear-Kaopua's insights were eye opening and appreciated in understanding the histories and grievances of the Hawaiian people.
Working with groups , a more or less organic classroom. Creative and active learning was strongly encouraged and broadened the class environment.
during the lectures, we had open discussions where all students were able to share their opinions regarding the issues, allowing us all to see more than just our own opinions
Group work was something that i wasnt too familiar with. But the more I did it the more i learned to appreciate my classmates knowledge which was important to understanding the framework of the projects assigned.
I think the guest speakers were very valuable. They talked about issues that are going on in Hawaii from different perspectives that would not have been gained otherwise. I also liked the open forum of the class. There were lots of good talks and arguments that made class fun and educational.
The structure of the course was most valuable. I felt that there was less pressure on daily homework assignments and readings which allowed me to focus more on the projects. The project and group work based format really helped me to learn and develop my own ideas. The professor is very knowledgable in her field, and is easily understood.
The discussion were very valuable, and the topic of our projects and the design of the projects was very good as well. The project topics made me think about the challenges that Hawai'i has and will face in regards to politics.
Kumu really cares about the course issues and students. She also incorporates different ways of learning, such as creative pieces.
Project-based course made this such an engaging and fun class. Professor mentioned in the beginning of the semester that she felt learning would be more effective through hands-on projects rather than reading and examination. She was right. It was such a fun class because it required active engagement!
group projects
The project based learning.
I believe that all aspects of the course were valuable. I can honestly say that the aspects that were discussed in class have really changed my mentality as a local. I've learned that there are a lot of things that I should and could do for myself, family, and people of Hawaii that will help better all of our interdependent lives in Hawaii.
Everything!! This was one of the most important and inspirational classes I have ever taken. It really helped in changing my mind about things.
Going over the History of Hawaii politics in relation to colonialism and corruption within the politics in Hawaii. Group discussions and sharing about personal issues and experiences.
learning more about where im from and the politics of Hawaii, showed that not thinking about the system that we live in is not good, and we should always get involved especially if you are to be affected by this system
Best class I have ever taken at UH. Issues directly related to Hawaii were not only addressed but we had to take action upon these issues. Out of all my political science classes I have never applied myself directly with the subject matter as we had to in this class
The introduction of social and political issues that face our island community today.
The discussions of important issues we have to deal with at home. Looking at different perspectives was key in getting a better understanding of the whole situation. For example, before the 4th project on racism in Hawaii I never would of considered the other side, (haole), if not for this class.
The projects were very inspiring.
Learning about how different aspects of Hawaii's politics effects things like education, race, and renewable energy. Also tying all of this into the culture we experience in Hawaii.
projects. I love that we were taught about the issues, and the projects really gave us great opportunities to investigate on our own, get involved, and make a difference. I also developed my ability to collaborate with groups.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Class discussion could have been more structured and moderated.
I am a huge proponent of presenting both sides of a controversy before decisions is made on the verdict. I felt that on a few issues addressed in class, only one side was presented. I understand the reasoning behind this, however, I feel that people should given the chance to decide on what they feel is right and wrong based on all facts provided.
None
the required readings for the course were pretty large, as she was able to sum up the readings pretty concisely in class
technical jargon. I saw there were a lot of things and connections that seemed a lot to digest and not really useful.
I did not feel like the readings were that important, although they were informative. I felt like a read a lot of the same types of subjects in Hawaiian Studies 107.
Sometimes our discussions in class that were unrelated to the reading got so heated that we were not able to discuss the reading that had been assigned. This made it seem as though the reading was not necessary. However, I believe that I still learned the reading material from the lectures, so it wasn't really any loss.
None
Nothing.
It was all valuable.
I believe that all aspects of the course were valuable.
...None really. Every class was packed with the load of information. Everyone was garenteed to have learned at least one day
Textbooks. We didn't really need them because our classes were so full of material from the power points and multi-media. So, although they were somewhat useful, they were the least useful.
sitting next to high maka maka haoles who tink they are tadan tadan
none I left every class with issues and topics to ponder upon
I choose to accept everything in this class as valuable regardless of whether I agree or disagree with issues or statements presented.
Some of the readings we were assigned.
12. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 26 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 24 (92%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 27 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (19%) 21 (78%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 27 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 24 (89%)
15. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 22 (81%)
16. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (33%) 18 (67%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.85 26 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 22 (85%)
18. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (78%)
19. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 27 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 27 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 22 (81%)
21. Other comments:
Prof. Goodyear-Kaopua has an incredible amount of passion for the cause she supports and this permeates through her students and really promotes their activism. I have never had a professor who encouraged me to research, be strongly opinionated, and creative all in one semester. I have learned so much in this course. Some courses and instructors come and go, however, this course will be within my thoughts and influence decision making as a future State Department Official.
great teacher, she should have got the job for Kamehameha schools.
Fun class that stimulates your mind.
I selected "Strongly Agree" or "Excellent" as a response to every question. This is not because I think this evaluation is a waste of my time. I truly believe that the professor is excellent. I would say that she is the best professor I have had throughout my entire college career. I'm not just saying this. I truly believe it. The things I learned and the moments and discussions from this class will remain with me for the rest of my life! Thank you so much!
One of the best classes I have taken at University of Hawai'i.
Course really got me thinking!
A really great, eloquent, and composed professor. I appreciate how open she was with us- one class, she shared a beautiful, yet deeply personal poem where she really let her guard down. It inspired the entire class. All in all, I really enjoyed this course! No suggestions for change, I think the structure of the course should be kept the same, with the same projects.
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This should be a mandatory course for ALL UH students! All UH students, in being a part of the UH family, and living in Hawaii, should learn and be a part of Hawaii politics! This class shakes us to the core, and wakes us to realizing that there are things that are much bigger than ourselves. There should be multiple courses taught by Professor Goodyear-Kaʻopua. Sheʻs such an inspiration, and is what every professor should be like. I am extremely thankful for this experience, and I hope the school realizes how much of an asset kumu Noe is.
Professor Goodyear-Kaopua is an absolutely fabulous teacher. She is extremely knowledgable on this topic and very professional in and out of the classroom. She challenges the class to think critically about the issues presented in lecture, while providing creative leeway for students to create informative projects. She makes herself available and accesible to students and is very quick to respond to emails. I feel her grading process is thorough and fair, while comments on projects are constructive and informative. I would absolutely take another class from her again if given the opportunity. She is the best professor in the political science department I have had thus far.
I absolutely loved this course! Professor is amazing and the subject matter is CRUCIAL for Hawaii. UH needs to focus more on Hawaii's identity pre-colonialism and educate the students about it.
hope to take more of her classes what a passionate professor. She really knew how to light a fire under our asses and push us to engage and react in ways that will make a difference
First and foremost, I looked forward to this class ending. Many times I felt as though my thoughts and comments were not appreciated. As class progressed, I became more sensitized to subtle body language changes by my instructor which enforced my burgeoning alienation in the class. Case in point, my instructor during a class discussion sat with her back ONLY to me. Thus, in order for me to participate, I would have to call out her name which when i did, her facial expression gave me the feeling that I was an irritant. I feel that she gravitated and aligned herself with the younger students, the majority. Being a non traditional student has inherent problems. Granted, it's my problem and I must learn to overcome these feelings. However, I pay just as much money to attend this class as everyone else. My age or my full time profession should not have any bearing on my treatment in class. My instructor, in her poem (an example of how to complete project 4) specifically said "...I spit on the Stryker"...Yes, she has the freedom to express her opinion however, as the instructor it would be better if she held a neutral position as EVERYONE in class was anti military. Her words clearly separated me from the rest of my class. If I had known this class would center on sovereignty issues I would not have taken it however, the class description made no mention of the instructors intent. I expected a different course content based on the class description. In retrospect, I honed my skills in essay writing and term papers. I joined several social issue groups that work to change the topography of the islands...my instructor stimulated my thought process...but still...I am glad this class is over.