Students’ gender biases

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Students Give Better Evaluations If They Think They’re Being Taught by a Man

Another day, another study revealing gender biases we maybe didn’t know we had. Today’s example: College students taking online classes gave their instructors better evaluations if they thought the instructor was a man — even if they were actually being taught by a woman, according to a study published this month in the journal Innovative Higher Education. More on the methodology, according to the press release: To address whether students judge female instructors differently than male instructors, the researchers evaluated a group of 43 students in an online course. The students were divided into four discussion groups of 8 to 12 students each. A female instructor led two of the groups, while a male instructor led the other two. ….[READ]

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