STUDENT OPINIONS FROM PROFESSOR KEELING'S
FALL 2001 GEOGRAPHY COURSES
GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS - GEOG 500
** Dr. Keeling's Geographic Research class has been among the most beneficial classes taken at WKU with undergrad classes included.
He makes you come up with answers to the challenging questions posed in class. Nothing is spoon-fed & that is extremely
refreshing! Would enjoy another class from this professor.
** Dr. Keeling does a good job of providing intensive insights into the inviting procedures of graduate studies.
He does seem biased with Social Geography with less emphasis on geology. [Professor's response: Yes, you're right. We've made substantial
changes in the curriculum beginning in Fall 2002 to incorporate more traditional geoscience and geology (team-teaching, for example, with a geology faculty assigned to the course).]
** This course is very difficult for foreign student to understand. However, this is very beneficial. So, instructor
needs to consider who is not American to prepare for class.[Professor's response: I understand your concern. However, this is a graduate-level course at an American university
and students are expected and required to be proficient in the English language!]
** I enjoyed this class and your enthusiasm for teaching it, although the first half of the semester with the Sayer readinfs was less enjoyable. [Professor's response: Yes, I tried the Sayer book as an
experiment, but it didn't work too well! Unfortunately, students do not have an adequate preparation in the geoscience literature or in the general philosophy of knowledge to really grapple with the issues raised by Sayer. We'll try something
else next time!] It was good to be able to hear the guest speakers each week and to gain an idea of the research
going on in the Department. I appreciated your detailed evaluation of assgnments.
** This has been an excellent class in terms of getting one to think about scientific writing, how to formulate a research
proposal, and how to think critically in general. I feel that I have learned a lot from the instructor in this class.
Grade Distribution: A = 3; B = 2.
"Overall, my instructor is effective" = 100% Strongly Agreed or Agreed.
"My instructor displays enthusiasm" = 100% Strongly Agreed or Agreed.
"My Instructor is well prepared" = 100% Strongly Agreed or Agreed.
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Last updated on 2/5/02