Introducing our Featured Student Member, Daniel Holden
Daniel Holden is a PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His main research interests are critical administration, second language teaching and learning, language assessment, materials development, and program evaluation. His long-term research goal is to foster a stronger connection between administrators and the members of their school communities through critical dialogue. He’s been an H-PEA member for one year.
How did you get interested in the field of evaluation?
I first heard about program evaluation through one of my professors, who had an opportunity to travel to an international English school for the purposes of making recommendations on how to improve their program. As he described his experience and the methods he used for carrying out the evaluation, I thought that he was describing what was essentially my dream job, as it related to my personal skills and interests.
I think that evaluation is actually quite complicated in the way that those who are interested in evaluation have to be both detail-oriented and able to see the big picture when it comes to the needs and desires of stakeholders in any given situation. You not only have to be a good listener, but you also have to speak with authority and persuasiveness. I’m really interested in taking on a challenge like that and trying to create a better school environment for the local community.
What are your career goals?
Ultimately, I would like to become a university professor, but at the same time, I also intend to take on more administrative roles in my department. If I were to be put in charge of a English language program within the department, I would like to use what I’ve learned about program evaluation to assess the current status of the program and improve upon it in an iterative way.
What hobbies do you have?
I think I’m likely into a lot of hobbies that most people have. I love watching movies, listening to music, reading, jogging, hiking, swimming, etc…but one fun one is that I recently became passionate about watching female-centric martial arts movies from the 1980s to the mid-1990s. Since the movies are not easily found on streaming sites and most of the relevant information about them is written in Cantonese, I instead have to track down copies on old VHS tapes or DVDs in second-hand shops. So, there’s a collector element to it, and I’m a bit of an enthusiast for the stunt work being done before CGI.
Thank you so much for sharing, Daniel. Welcome to the H-PEA community!