Friday, February 19, 2016

Appearance and gender both matter in the classroom, new studies suggest - Eric Schulzke, Deseret News

Two new experiments seem to show that both college students and instructors carry biases when one rates the other. One study shows that better-looking female students have an advantage in the classroom, while another shows that male professors get better teaching evaluations than their female peers. In a large study at Metropolitan State University of Denver released in January, researchers found that attractive female students received measurably better grades than their less attractive peers — but only in traditional classrooms. That apppearance boost disappeared in online courses. The second study found that female instructors were consistently rated lower than male instructors.

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