ERIC Number: ED330641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Impact of Teachers' Attractiveness and Gender on Students' Perception of the Teachers' Ability.
Brosious, Janice A.; Smith, Lyle R.
This study examined the impact of teachers' attractiveness and gender upon students' perception of the teachers' ability. A group of seventh grade math students (N=28) was chosen for the experiment. The students rated photographs of teachers in the areas of organization, classroom management, motivation, communication, sensitivity, imagination, and competence. The results of this analysis revealed a significant main effect on student perceptions due to the attractiveness of the teacher in the areas of organization, classroom management, motivation and sensitivity. Also, there was a significant main effect on students' perception due to the gender of the teacher. The students rated the female photographs higher than male photographs in the area of organization. Finally, there was a significant interaction between the attractiveness of the teacher and the gender of the teacher in the areas of organization, sensitivity, and imagination. Overall, females rated higher than males and teachers considered attractive were given higher ratings than teachers considered average and unattractive. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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