These evaluations come from the Embodied Cognition seminar course that I taught during the spring semester of 2016 at Haverford College. The course had 8 students and 5 completed this evaluation.

Quantitative Ratings

Haverford College doesn’t produce college averages for its student evaluations so I can only present my data collected from this class.

Plot of mean (+/-) SE

The next analysis describes how the course workload compared to other courses.
* Students had 5 choices
+ Much Heavier
+ Somewhat Heavier
+ About Average
+ Somewhat Lighter
+ Much Lighter

##    About average Somewhat heavier 
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Following up to more precisely analyze their work outside class. The following question asks students to estimate how many hours they devote to the course each week.

##   vars n mean   sd median trimmed  mad min max range  skew kurtosis   se
## 1    1 5  5.6 1.85      6     5.6 2.22   3 7.5   4.5 -0.29    -1.91 0.83

Commentary

Overall Comments

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Really great class! 
## 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I came to like this class more and more toward the end. I really got the sense that my professor cared about me and I felt really inspired by that. I also think that I have become much better able to read psych papers critically and generate questions and conversations about what the findings mean as a result of this class.
## 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I thought the course was great. It felt a little repetitive at the end, as we seemed to be having the same conversations. Furthermore, it would be helpful to have graded feedback throughout the course. 
## 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This course was extremely interesting and engaging. Jake Kurczek is one of the best professors I've had at Haverford. He had a good understanding of the course material. His method of having each member of the class lead two discussions was helpful and fun. I enjoyed taking this seminar quite a lot.
## 5 I really enjoyed this course- it was different from many of my psychology classes because it was not only more discussion driven, but discussions were largely student led. I thought this new way of learning in a psychology course was very helpful to me. In addition, I really enjoyed how the readings were a collection of literature from the field, as I think that method gives a really relevant and encompassing view. Also, Jake was a great professor! He made class really engaging, chose interesting readings, was open to student opinions, was willing to ask questions and grow alongside students, and had a positive and approachable demeanor.

Lecture Suggestions

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## 5 The class was more focused on discussion rather than lectures, which was great! I really appreciated how discussions were student-led, but they still had nice structure to them.

Evaluation Suggestions

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## 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Feedback seemed a bit random at times. Sometimes too many suggestions for future work for the paper and not enough on what to do to actually improve the content. Also, we had no idea how we were doing in the class, so it would have been helpful to have been assigned numerical grades or at least a check, check plus, or check minus system. 
## 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Professor Kurczek had extremely helpful comments on my paper drafts and annotated bibliographies.
## 5 The structure of writing our final paper throughout the semester was great and allowed me to think in depth about my topic over a long period of time. In addition, the comments we got on annotated bibliographies and on pieces of the paper draft were great, in depth, and very helpful throughout the semester. However, my only concern was that there was no way to track our grade as the semester progressed. Though I don't think that grades should be a major focus when taking a course, some kind of bench mark for how you are doing throughout the semester is helpful so that you can improve in certain areas. For example, the comments on my first discussion leader attempt were helpful, but since we weren't given any actual grade for it I wasn't sure if I needed to do something differently for my next one (same goes for the annotated bibliographies). That's the only reason why I gave \\fairness of grading\\ a lower score. I think that the work throughout the semester was very fair, but I wish we had a couple of grade benchmarks along the way.

Poor Topics

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                                                         Maybe cut a day of morality discussion. 
## 2                                                                                                               While I liked the philosophy readings, I think that they may have contributed the least to my understanding of embodied cognition.
## 3                                                                                                                                                                                                          conceptual metaphors and the philosophy
## 4 I found the topics about classical cognition and how the brain acts like a computer in certain ways to be the least interesting. That said, these were useful and important topics because they make up a lot of cognitive theory in psychology.
## 5                                                                                                                                                                         Some of the philosophy and critiques were a bit less interesting to me.

Good Topics

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## 1                                                     Time perception, importance, metaphor in general. 
## 2                                                                 Social cognition and embodied emotion!
## 3              I thought issues in science, priming, morality and social cognition were the least useful
## 4 I really enjoyed learning about embodied cognition and how it relates to social cognition and emotion.
## 5    Social cognition and various conceptual metaphors such as morality, time, importance, and emotion.

Poor Readings

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                          None spring to mind that I would want out of the course. 
## 2                                                                                                                                                               I found the Ionnidis (2005) article fairly difficult to engage with.
## 3                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't find the conceptual metaphor readings as interesting
## 4 I found the readings about classical cognition and computation to be the least interesting as they were the most challenging psychology readings I've ever done. Plus, I don't entirely buy the computational theory of cognition.
## 5           Though I thought it was important and interesting to read some of the critiques of the field of embodiment, I felt that we read just a couple too many articles that were about the embodied versus non-embodied debate.

Good Readings

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Loved anything that provided substantial criticism of another thing we read--so a lot of the readings. 
## 2 I thought the papers on social cognition and embodied emotion were most interesting. I also liked reading papers toward the end of the semester which incorporated subjects and ideas in Embodied Cognition which we addressed throughout the semester (considering the Goldman and de Vignemont (2009) paper particularly). Engaging with and challenging their definition of embodied cognition felt like an apt way to begin summarizing and wrapping up the course.
## 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found the readings on emotion, time, and priming to be really intersting
## 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I found the readings about various embodied cognition experiments and their replications to be the most interesting and valuable.
## 5                                                                                                                     Most of the journal articles were really interesting or valuable! I especially liked when we read pieces that were in conversation with each other, such as replications and responses to replication or studies and their conceptual follow-ups. I also especially liked the readings on different conceptual metaphors (morality, emotion, time).

Other Reading Comments

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## 5 I think that the amount of reading throughout the course was really great- it was a solid amount that was not too overwhelming.