A new study led by economist Anne Boring and co-authored by Philip Stark, associate dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley, says that “student evaluations are systematically biased against women,” reports NPR.
The report, based on statistical tests run on data from French and U.S. university students, found that in the United States, female students rated professors they believed to be male more highly than professors they believed to be women, in all cases.
In the French data, the team found that male students rated their male instructors more highly than female instructors. However, on the universal final exam for the same course, these students on-average scored slightly lower than students taught by female instructors.
While some educators remain unconvinced by these findings, to others, the study adds “one more depressing entry in the growing scientific literature documenting how racial, gender and other forms of bias play out in and around the classroom.”
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