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Sex stereotyping attitudes and behaviors of educators have been cited as particularly important influences on the development of gender differences in childhood and adolescence. Because teachers' attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of gender differences may impact the formation of students' confidence in academic subjects and school in general, the perceptions that educators have of real or imagined gender differences can be used as one indicator of the conditions that may influence elementary and secondary school students. This study examined K-12 teachers' (155 females and 38 males) classifications of a list of characteristics as more typical of males or females in their classrooms. Characteristics were based on the Maccoby and Jacklin meta-analysis of gender difference research, so that teachers' responses could be compared with the findings of psychological research. In addition to evaluating the teachers' agreement with scientific evidence for gender differences, teachers' perceptions were examined in relation to teacher gender. It was found that some teacher perceptions of student gender differences agree with psychological research findings, some with myths, and some were even in favor of no sex differences when the research stated otherwise. It was also found that male and female teachers have different perceptions of the prevalence of some characteristics in boys and girls. Three tables present results and statistical analysis. (JBJ)

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Sex Differences, Sex Stereotypes, Social Cognition, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teachers

Author: Parker-Price, Susan; Claxton, Amy F.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12493&id=ED397373

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