ERIC Number: EJ1094633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Pre-Service Teachers' Implicit and Explicit Attitudes toward Obesity Influence Their Judgments of Students
Glock, Sabine; Beverborg, Arnoud Oude Groote; Müller, Barbara C. N.
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v19 n1 p97-115 Mar 2016
Obese children experience disadvantages in school and discrimination from their teachers. Teachers' implicit and explicit attitudes have been identified as contributing to these disadvantages. Drawing on dual process models, we investigated the nature of pre-service teachers' implicit and explicit attitudes, their motivation to respond without prejudice, and how attitudes influence their judgments of an obese student. Results showed that implicit anti-obesity bias might stem from an implicit positivity toward thinness rather than from an implicit negativity toward obesity. Explicit attitudes were mixed: positive attitudes toward achievement, a dislike of obese persons, and neutral attitudes concerning blame and health responsibility emerged. Implicit and explicit attitudes affected judgments of language proficiency and intelligence: pre-service teachers with more positive attitudes judged the obese student more favorably. The results of multiple regression analyses suggest that attitudes might exert a greater influence when pre-service teachers must draw inferences to derive the judgment.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Obesity, Negative Attitudes, Bias, Teacher Student Relationship, Influences, Academic Achievement, Responsibility, Inferences, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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