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ERIC Number: EJ1136713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Evaluating Gender Bias in Ratings of University Instructors' Teaching Effectiveness
Young, Suzanne; Rush, Leslie; Shaw, Dale
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v3 n2 Article 19 Jul 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the gender bias in student ratings of effective teaching. Students in five colleges were invited to rate instructors on three factors: interpersonal characteristics, pedagogical characteristics, and course content characteristics. We analyzed group differences based on student gender, instructor gender, and student level. Ratings of pedagogical characteristics and course content characteristics yielded significant interactions between student gender and instructor gender, but no differences were found among groups on interpersonal characteristics. We concluded that gender bias plays a role in students' views of effective teaching in terms of how students evaluate pedagogical and content characteristics and that this bias generalizes across student levels.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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