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ERIC Number: ED155216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Students' Expectations: Ratings of Teacher Performance as Biased by Teachers' Physical Attractiveness.
Irilli, Joseph P.; And Others
A 21-item questionnaire was designed to determine the effects of teachers' sex, age and physical attractiveness on primary students' expectations of teacher performance. The questionnaire, administered to 144 third grade students, included photographs of male and female teachers who varied in age and physical attractiveness. The students were asked to look at the photographs before rating the teachers' discipline, fairness, kindness, and instructional ability. Sample questionnaire items are appended. Age and sex were not found to bias the evaluation of teacher performance. However, physical attractiveness had a singular effect on the evaluations. Attractive teachers, especially those who were young, were rated as superior teachers to those who were unattractive. The students also felt that attractive teachers would be more fun, more interesting, more comfortable to be with, and more willing to play games with them. The high rating of attractive teachers was the result of a single visual cue, rather than the interaction of age, sex and appearance variables. The implications of teacher attractiveness on student behavior and achievement are discussed. (JAG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)