Unpacking unconscious gender biases in high school teaching

30 May 2019

How do high school teachers' unconscious gender biases influence their students' test results and ultimately their chosen field of study at university? Are boys or girls more sensitive to these gender biases and stereotypes?

UQ Economics lecturer Dr Rigissa Megalokonomou recently presented her findings on these questions at a joint Women in Economics and Economics Society of Australia event.

Her presentation focused on how teachers’ gender stereotypes affect the environment at school and influence the gender gap.

The study introduced a novel way of measuring teacher gender bias and finds high persistency in teachers' gender favouritism behaviour across classes.  

View the full presentation