ERIC Number: ED184191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Effects of Teachers' Styles of Dress.
Rollman, Steven A.
Sets of photographs of male and female teachers in formal, moderate, and informal attire were rated by 100 college students on five-point scales covering ten positive teacher characteristics. The characteristics were fair, sympathetic toward student problems, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly, flexible, organized, stimulating, well prepared for class, and clear. Mean scores on each of the characteristics were computed for each dress style of male or female teachers; and levels of significance for the differences between means were derived. The results suggested that student perceptions of male and female teachers' characteristics were significantly affected by the teacher's style of dress. Style of dress seemed to exert similar influences on perceptions of both male and female teachers. No one style of dress emerged as most favorable; instead, particular styles of dress caused more positive ratings of some characteristics and less positive ratings for other characteristics. Male and female teachers dressed informally were perceived as friendly and flexible, while teachers dressed formally were rated most organized. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Birmingham, AL, April 8-11, 1980).