Re: Gender Equity

Barbara O'Donnel (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 15:02:38 -0500 (EST)

I think it would be interesting to consider the role of "course topic" in
how males and females perceive male/female professors. That is, is that
males always prefer males and females-females or does it depend what the
course is (engineering vs. chemistry vs. family studies vs. child
development). Just a quick thought.

At 5:17 PM 1/22/97, Bendfeldt, Melani LITTLE-GRAPE wrote:
>Hello all:
>I am writing to update you on my study of gender differences in
>student evaluations. I posted a message at the beginning of December
>stating that I was starting to research this. I have now collected
>a great deal of research and am thinking about a hypothesis.
>I have narrowed it down to two possible hypotheses:
>1. Male and female professors may have teaching styles that appeal
>more to students of the same gender.
>2. Gender stereo-typic qualities play a role in the evaluation of
>college professors.
>I met with my professor today and he seemed to think either of these
>hypotheses were "do-able".
>I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts or suggestions for
>me regarding this topic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>Thanks so much.
>Melani Bendfeldt
>Marist College

Barbara K. O'Donnel

301 Johnston Hall
Dept. of FCS
Bowling Green OH 43403-0254

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