ERIC Number: ED436698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Influence of a Message's Reception as a Function of Perceived Feminist Authorship.
Laux, John M.; Newman, Isadore
This paper discusses a study that was conducted in order to add to the body of literature that investigates the manner in which feminist psychology is accepted among education graduate students. Graduate students (N=69) at a large public mid-western university were recruited and randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups. Participants were given the task of reading a paragraph that was critical of psychology's historical treatment of women. Each treatment group was told that the paragraph was written by one of four "authors": a radical feminist female professor; a female professor; a male professor; and a professor. Participants provided demographic data and responded to a semantic differential to access whether perceived authorship influenced their evaluation of the"author." No significant differences were found between the four treatment groups, even when age, gender, and ethnicity were statistically controlled. These results suggest that graduate education students evaluate radical feminist professors in a non-significantly different manner than the way they evaluate professors who are not identified as feminists. (Contains 6 tables and 22 references.) (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 13-16, 1999).