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ERIC Number: EJ929888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Race, Gender, and Research: Implications for Teaching from Depictions of Professors in Popular Film, 1985-2005
Dagaz, Mari; Harger, Brent
Teaching Sociology, v39 n3 p274-289 Jul 2011
When students enter college classrooms for the first time they inevitably have preconceived images of professors. According to research on student evaluations of teaching, these preconceptions have important implications in college classrooms. This study explores one avenue through which these preconceptions are perpetuated--popular film. Using content analysis, the authors examine popular films released between 1985 and 2005 that contain professors in either primary or secondary roles. The findings show stereotypical depictions beyond glasses, bow ties, and tweed jackets. Specifically, the authors find stereotypical images of race and gender as well as an emphasis on the importance of research, sometimes at the expense of teaching or ethical behavior. This research provides instructors with knowledge of the stereotypes that students may have upon entering the college classroom, which may impact classroom interactions, and provides insight into how race and gender affect student evaluations of professors. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A