Age, sex, and attractiveness as factors in student ratings of teachers: A developmental study

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Abstract

Black-and-white photographs of teachers, controlled for race, age, sex, and attractiveness, were rated on 7 factors of teacher performance by 150 students in Grades 2, 5, 7, 11, and 13. Across all developmental levels and on all factors, ratings of unattractive teachers tended to be lower. At all developmental levels, older teachers tended to receive lower ratings than younger teachers. Sex of the teacher appeared to be a more influential factor at Grades 11 and 13. Interactions showed that unattractive middle-aged female teachers and unattractive old male teachers frequently received lower ratings. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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