ERIC Number: ED212003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Teacher and Student Gender on Grading in the Basic Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication Courses.
Pearson, Judy C.; Nelson, Paul E.
A study examined the effects of gender on academic achievement in speech communication courses. In order to test the research hypothesis that females would receive higher grades than males, 2,190 grades given by 74 speech communication teachers over a five-year period were examined. The analysis of variance placed gender of the instructor, gender of the student, and type of course (public speaking or interpersonal communication) as the dependent variables, while course grade was the independent variable. The results showed that females received higher grades than males, regardless of the course in which they were enrolled. The type of course did not yield significantly different grading patterns, nor did female and male instructors appear to grade in a significantly different manner. However, further examination of the trends in the analysis of variance indicated that male instructors tended to grade slightly lower than female instructors in both kinds of classes, and that grades in the interpersonal communication course tended to be slightly higher than the grades in the public speaking course. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).