Thursday, December 11, 2014

Study documents gender bias in student evaluations

A recent study reinforced previous conclusions that student evaluations are biased in favor of male instructors. Among its findings, it documented an interesting result on an item that could be objectively verified.  Two professors gave students feedback at the same time. But on a question about their promptness, the instructor students thought was a male was rated 4.35 out of 5, while the instructor they thought was a female was ranked 3.55.

Hat tip: Michael Higdon

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Well I am not surprised by the findings. Gender inequity is more subtle than is used to be but it is alive and well. The young females I meet at a local college are very aware of it and openly speak about it. Thanks for sharing this information anyway and happy holidays!

Posted by: John Carter | Dec 22, 2014 2:32:10 PM

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