ERIC Number: ED056348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
The Effect of Physical Attractiveness on Teacher Expectation. Final Report.
Clifford, Margaret M.
In the study reported here, teachers were given a 5th grade student's report card to which was attached a photo of either an attractive boy, an unattractive boy, an attractive girl, or an unattractive girl. Teachers completed an opinion sheet indicating their best estimate of: (1) the child's IQ; (2) his peer relationships; (3) the parents' interest in the child's academic achievements; and (4) the student's potential educational attainments. Results show that, on all 4 dependent measures, teacher expectations are significantly higher for the attractive child than for the unattractive child. In the concluding discussion, the author presents some implications of her findings and suggests to teachers that they make a conscious effort to compensate for this "natural" bias against less attractive children. (Author/TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.