ERIC Number: EJ1132663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Does Gender and Professional Experience Influence Students' Perceptions of Professors?
Tindall, Natalie T. J.; Waters, Richard D.
Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v72 n1 p52-67 Mar 2017
Grounded in literature stemming from higher education research, this study examines how students evaluate public relations educators by gauging their perceptions of the professors' professional competency, professorial warmth, course difficulty, and industry connectivity. Using an experimental design, students (N = 303) from four U.S. universities reviewed syllabi for the introductory public relations course to test whether an instructor's gender or professional background (academic vs. practice) influenced the students' perceptions. The findings from this study suggest that students evaluate professors on professional criteria and the professors' ability to connect classroom experience and theory to actual practice.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, College Students, College Faculty, Public Relations, Course Descriptions, Introductory Courses, Experience, Influences, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Skills, Teacher Characteristics, Hypothesis Testing, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Analysis
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