ERIC Number: ED398124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
He's Tough but She's Mean: Gender Differences in Student Evaluations.
Hopefl, Jean Garrity; Frey-Hartel, Cheri
This paper examines the relationship between instructor gender (as an external status characteristic) and student rating of instructor (both as teacher and advisor). Current research on the relationship between gender and evaluation is summarized. Three paradigms are suggested based on research findings: (1) no action be taken as sex of the professor is not an important variable in determining how students rate instruction; (2) individual faculty members must make the necessary behavioral adaptations in order to receive high ratings; and (3) a campus- and curriculum-wide sharing of responsibility to confront sexism. Since the everyday art of teaching is reflected in and guided by the feedback faculty receive from students, the role gender plays in teacher evaluations is clearly important. Throughout this paper, the term "sex" and "gender" are used interchangeably, as they are frequently used in the current literature. (Contains 38 references.) (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the University of Wisconsin System Conference on Women's Studies (Masison, WI, October 28, 1996).