Cunningham, George B.; Sartore, Melanie L.; Chaney, J. Don; Chaney, Elizabeth
September 2009
American Journal of Health Studies;2009, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p365
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of teacher sex and student sex on perceptions of fit and teacher effectiveness. Students (43 women, 55 men) enrolled at a large public university in the Southwest United States participated in an experimental study in which they viewed a women's health lecture online and then responded to a questionnaire. Results from the observed path analysis indicate that while the teacher's sex did not directly influence perceptions of fit, there was a significant student sex teacher sex interaction. Among women who viewed the lecture, fit perceptions were higher for the female teacher over the male teacher. Men who viewed the lecture did not vary in their ratings. Finally, the perceived fit of the teacher was reliably related to overall evaluation of instruction. Contributions to theory and practice are discussed.


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