ERIC Number: EJ1068677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
What's in a Name: Exposing Gender Bias in Student Ratings of Teaching
MacNell, Lillian; Driscoll, Adam; Hunt, Andrea N.
Innovative Higher Education, v40 n4 p291-303 Aug 2015
Student ratings of teaching play a significant role in career outcomes for higher education instructors. Although instructor gender has been shown to play an important role in influencing student ratings, the extent and nature of that role remains contested. While difficult to separate gender from teaching practices in person, it is possible to disguise an instructor's gender identity online. In our experiment, assistant instructors in an online class each operated under two different gender identities. Students rated the male identity significantly higher than the female identity, regardless of the instructor's actual gender, demonstrating gender bias. Given the vital role that student ratings play in academic career trajectories, this finding warrants considerable attention.
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Gender Differences, Educational Experiments
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