ERIC Number: EJ1083166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Studying Gender Bias in Physics Grading: The Role of Teaching Experience and Country
Hofer, Sarah I.
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n17 p2879-2905 2015
The existence of gender-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) stereotypes has been repeatedly documented. This article examines physics teachers' gender bias in grading and the influence of teaching experience in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In a 2?×?2 between-subjects design, with years of teaching experience included as moderating variable, physics teachers (N?=?780) from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany graded a fictive student's answer to a physics test question. While the answer was exactly the same for each teacher, only the student's gender and specialization in languages vs. science were manipulated. Specialization was included to gauge the relative strength of potential gender bias effects. Multiple group regression analyses, with the grade that was awarded as the dependent variable, revealed only partial cross-border generalizability of the effect pattern. While the overall results in fact indicated the existence of a consistent and clear gender bias against girls in the first part of physics teachers' careers that disappeared with increasing teaching experience for Swiss teachers, Austrian teachers, and German female teachers, German male teachers showed no gender bias effects at all. The results are discussed regarding their relevance for educational practice and research.
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Physics, Generalization, Gender Differences, Females, Foreign Countries, Sex Stereotypes, STEM Education, Teaching Experience, Science Teachers, Science Tests, Second Language Learning, Specialization, Regression (Statistics), Educational Practices, Role, Cross Cultural Studies, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students, Online Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Bayesian Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Germany; Switzerland