Instructor gender versus student ratings

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Science  07 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6308, pp. 78-79
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6308.78-e

Despite evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable, they are often included in promotion and tenure criteria. How unreliable are student evaluations with respect to gender bias? Wagner et al. analyzed student evaluations of mixed-gender teaching teams at a multicultural European university. Covariates such as course leadership, teacher experience, and research quality were included in the analysis. Results showed a striking disadvantage for women, with women being 11 percentage points less likely to reach a promotion-level teaching score than men teaching the same course. Several policy implications are suggested by the authors, including the call for teacher evaluations to be adjusted for gender bias.

Econ. Edu. Rev. 10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.06.004 (2016).

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