How College Students’ Gender Stereotypes Affect Their Perceptions of Professors Erin Wilson, Kendall Wilkinson, & Margaret Langan a Research Methods Project supervised by Dr. Laura Wilson (Fall 2021) Erin-Wilson-poster check out these “elevator” talks from each group member
I’m guessing you chose to go with a lecture-based teaching style in your biosketches to reflect a more agentic/stereotypically masculine teaching style. How do you think your finding may have been different if you had used another teaching style?
Also, Kendall talked about female professors being in a more stereotypically masculine role because they are in control of their classrooms, etc. I can see that, but teaching, in general, is often a female-dominated profession. Also, assuming many of your participants were UMW students, they would likely have a large amount of experience with female faculty given the demographics of professors at Mary Wash. How do you think these factors may have influenced your findings?
This was an interesting hypothesis that could have potentially demonstrated an unsightly bias within our population. On one hand, I’m glad to see that the results were not significant, but I agree that having a more diverse sample could have yielded significant results. I am curious to see what would have happened if you had specifically stated that the professors were in a male dominated field such as computer science or business… Great work!
Interesting study. I’m wondering if you think the ecological validity of your study was strong. In other words, do you think that reading a vignette and responding about the professor gives valid insight to what actually happens in a classroom setting?
I’m assuming that you selected your DVs because they were used in the earlier study that you are replicating. If you were to do this study again, are there other perceptions you might consider measuring as your dependent variable?
Good job guys! Research on gender biases are really interesting, but especially in the context of college students and professors. This is not something I had ever considered could impact a student’s likeliness to enroll in a class. I wonder how different the results would have been if there was a more equal ratio of male to female participants.
I really enjoyed reading about your project! I think the conclusion of your data is interesting because it is in the college atmosphere. I wonder if the same research study was conducted with high school students if there would be a gender bias. Also, I would especially think since women are the majority in college they would prefer women professors. Also, the professors are dominated by women. The question I have was there a specific article that made your group decide that men would be preferred over women? Overall loved your project!
I really liked this study since it is so relevant to a lot of college students, like me! Personally, I use apps like Rate My Professor when I need to register for courses. I don’t think the professor’s gender has much of an impact on me. So it was very interesting to see that applies to other students at UMW.
I found this study to be very interesting and I really like how you included the biosketches as well as a survey. I think the results might actually be a good thing, that students aren’t very concerned with the gender of their professors! I think that in regard to professors, most people will be impacted by what other people tell them, that might also be a good part to study as well! Overall you all did a great job.
Hello! I thought this was a really interesting study! I would have thought if anything that female professors would actually be prefered if the results came out that participants heavily prefered one of the genders over the other. I do wonder if the fact that 75% of the participant pool was female played any impact, and if the results would have been different if there were more males in the study?
Excellent job on this study and presentation. Do you think that the results were affected by the sample size having predominantly female participants? Perhaps if there was an equal number of male and female participants, there may be different results.
Were the participants who were college students only from Mary Washington, or were they from all colleges in general?
What an interesting topic! This is something that I never thought about before, but now that you’re talking about it, it makes sense. I could see how gender stereotypes may influence a student’s thoughts towards a professor, and it surprised me that you did not have significant results. I would be very interested to see future research on this.
Great job on your study! I think this was an interesting topic to tackle, especially in the nature of our university! I was surprised and shocked that this did not reach significance because I was expecting it to reach significance, especially with the methods of data that you used. I do think this is a great topic to continue future research because this is a prolonging issue that many students and professors encounter, especially during registration.