Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Just Saying...A Linked Article Without the Pretense of Any Commentary, Either Through Laziness, Or Better Yet, Through Some Kind of Mic Drop Thing. From Jacksonville Jessica.

FLAVA.

The team of academics from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed five years of evaluation data from a French university and from a 2014 study of one semester of an online course based in the United States. At the French campus, about 40 percent of instructors were women. In the U.S., students in two course sections were led to believe they were being taught by a man, and in the other two, by a woman.

At the French university, male students overwhelmingly rated male instructors higher than they rated female instructors, particularly in subjects such as history, economics, and political science. There was no statistically significant difference in female students’ ratings.

Meanwhile, at the university in the U.S., researchers found that female students tended to rate male instructors higher than their female counterparts. Female students said the teachers they thought were male were more fair, enthusiastic, respectful, and professional, and that they provided more helpful feedback. The data for male students didn’t show a statistically significant difference in ratings.

MISERY.

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  1. Interesting... I'd be very interested in seeing some well-done meta-studies in a year or two.

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    1. I did not do it intentionally and I apologize for it.

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    2. What did Crystal do? No justice no peace!!

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    3. The RGM is guilty only of being conscientious and gracious.

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    4. I can see the headlines now.

      "RGM Annoys Reader; Kills Puppies?

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  3. So, the takeaway is that French men were like U.S. women, and U.S. men were like French women.

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    1. I reached out to Hollande about the possibility of a trade. I'm expecting to hear back.

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  4. Just waiting for the lawsuit by a group of female (and/or minority) faculty. Since my university is fairly sane about this stuff, I doubt I'll be a party. But I'd contribute (modestly, because modestly is all I can manage) to the legal defense fund. Seriously, we need a good test case, one we can win, because even one win would go a long way toward killing off the #@$! things. Nothing scares a university like a lawsuit, or even the prospect of one. Students aren't going to sue (or probably even protest) to retain evals., because they don't really care about them (at least not the official ones, I'm sure the yelp-equivalents would proliferate even further). That makes this particular battle potentially winnable.

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    1. I'll testify for you as a student. Better hurry up, though, because I'm graduating* soon.

      *If my university doesn't figure out a way to stop me.

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    2. There was a Dean who once paid his staff on a forced distribution years and years ago at my university. I have to admit that I smiled a little when I imagined a prof of mine who graded on a forced distribution being paid on a forced distribution.

      "But I teach 99% as well as they do! How come I'm making 30% less?!"

      Oh, yeah! That must really seem unfair!

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    3. (It was a class with 9 people in it. We all had 90's or better. One of us failed. Just to put that into perspective.)

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