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ERIC Number: EJ892171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Teaching "Out" in the University: An Investigation into the Effects of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Faculty Self-Disclosure upon Student Evaluations of Faculty Teaching Effectiveness in the USA
Jennings, Todd
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v14 n4 p325-339 Jun 2010
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) university faculty worry about the effects of self-disclosure in their professional lives. One concern is that self-disclosure as LGBT could result in negative evaluations of one's teaching by students due to student bias against LGBT people. In order to investigate this concern, this study analysed student evaluations of three university faculty (one female bisexual, one lesbian, and one transgender person) in the USA. Student evaluations from course sections where faculty disclosed their lesbian, bisexual or transgender identities were compared with evaluations from sections of the same courses where lesbian, bisexual or transgender identities were not self-disclosed by the instructor. The findings indicate that instructors' self-disclosures had no detrimental affect upon students' evaluations of instructors' teaching effectiveness. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California