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ERIC Number: ED132185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of the Sex of Student and Professor on Student Evaluation of Professors' Methods of Teaching.
Kaschak, Ellyn
The problem investigated in this study was whether male and female students would evaluate professors' teaching methods differentially as a function of their own sex and/or the sex of the particular professor. The subjects, fifty male and fifty female seniors and first year graduate students in psychology at San Jose State University, were divided into two groups of 25 males and 25 females each. The first group was administered the Methods of Teaching Form A, which described the instructional methods of six different professors and required the student to rate him or her on six different scales. Form B was administered to the second group. Both forms were identical except for the sex of the professor described, which was varied so that, while each group rated three males and three females, those professors that were given men's names on Form A were given women's names on Form B. The results of a series of three-way analyses of variance indicate that male professors were given significantly higher ratings than were female professors for identical teaching methods by male students. Female students rated male and female professors equally, except on those scales assessing power and willingness to take the course. These results suggest that students' evaluations of the teaching methods of their professors may be strongly influenced by their own sex, as well as by the sex of the professor involved. (Author/MV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (56th, Los Angeles, California, April 1976)