The Effects of Implied vs. Explicit Sexual Orientation of Instructor Evaluations from College Students

Liessmann, Nicholle and Murphy, Elizabeth and Pawlikowski, Stephanie and Hooper, Garrettson and Spishock, Ashley and Storck, Heather and Sears , Dr. Sharon (2013) The Effects of Implied vs. Explicit Sexual Orientation of Instructor Evaluations from College Students. [Abstract]

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Abstract

An individual’s attitudes towards perceived sexual orientation of their instructor may influence how instructors are evaluated and how much students may learn. The current study aims to examine the effect of a male instructor’s implied or explicit disclosure of his sexual orientation to college students. We hypothesized that there would be significant differences between the evaluation of the homosexual and heterosexual instructor. Results indicated no significant effect on the instructor rating regardless of the students’ perception of instructor sexual orientation. We postulate that most students did not correctly perceive the correct sexual orientation.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender bias; Sexual Orientation; Gay, Homosexual bias; Higher education; Teacher evaluation
Subjects: School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Gender and Women's Studies
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Liberal Studies
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 13:24
Last Modified: 07 May 2013 13:24
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/251


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