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ERIC Number: EJ1142365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
The Effect of Teacher Gender and Gendered Traits on Perceptions of Elementary School Teachers
Kim, Yena; Weseley, Allyson J.
Journal of Research in Education, v27 n1 p114-133 2017
Little is known about methods to address gender-based bias against male elementary educators. Framed by social role and role congruity theories, this study explored the effects of gendered traits and teacher gender on perceptions of elementary educators. Participants (N = 246) were randomly assigned to view websites that varied gendered traits (communal, agentic, neutral) and teacher gender. When choosing a teacher for their child, individuals preferred either neutral or communal teachers to agentic teachers. Additionally, participants reported that men were significantly less hireable than women, indicating a backlash against men who seek employment in traditionally feminine fields. This study suggests that individuals seeking entry into elementary education should avoid describing themselves in agentic terms.
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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