ERIC Number: ED379173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Gender Bias Communication in the Classroom.
Orick, Lisa M.
This document examines the concept of gender bias communication in the classroom and how educators can avoid it. Gender bias communication is a set of behaviors that reflect bias or stereotyping, but which is not against the law. In the classroom, a teacher may treat male and female students differently without even realizing it. For instance, a teacher may make eye contact with males more than females, or ignore females while responding to males. Verbally, the instructor may ask higher order questions of males, or respond more often to males' comments. Gender bias communication manifests itself in less teacher attention to, lower scores for, and greater criticism of, female students. In the long term, such bias may result in less academic fields, and lower salaries. It is necessary for educators to be aware of and to work to overcome gender bias in the classroom. Society encourages bias in advertising, in literature, and even in schoolbooks. Teachers must take care to avoid bias through such methods as asking for student evaluation of teaching techniques and requesting classroom observation by colleaques. The document includes a teacher self-evaluation questionnaire, guidelines for classroom observation, suggestions for audio self-evaluation, and a student perception questionnaire. Contains 12 references. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference "Teaching Excellence" (Austin, TX, 1993).