STUDENT'S PERCEPTIONS ON TEACHER EVALUATIONS: GENDERED BIAS, COMMUNICATION, AND ROLES.
Jackson, Stephen C.
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Bias in student evaluations of teachers has continued to be an area of concern due to the weight these evaluations can hold for professors regarding their tenure and promotions. This study aimed to test whether there was a bias when examining whether a teacher is gender conforming. Gender conformity was determined by the communication style and perceived biological sex of the teacher. A 2 x 2 experimental design was employed in which there was a male/masculine, female/masculine, male/feminine, and female/feminine. While the study found no interaction between the perceived biological sex and the communication style of the teachers there was a main effect which showed a significant preference for the feminine communication style.