The second revealed how disproportionately penalized young black girls are for being assertive in classroom settings. Together, they make the clearest possible case for making it mandatory for teachers to be trained in spotting and striving to overcome their implicit biases. Researchers found that girls often score higher than boys on name-blind math tests, but once presented with recognizable boy and girl names on the same tests, teachers award higher scores to boys. The long-term effects are amplified by socioeconomic factors and family structure—girls from families where fathers were better educated than mothers and who are from lower socioeconomic communities were the most negatively affected. The impact of unconscious teacher bias is long understood and well-documented. Through thousands of hours of classroom observations, the Sadkers and Zittleman identified specific ways in which implicit and stereotypical ideas about gender govern classroom dynamics.
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A teaching tribunal heard Austen did not know the girl attended his school when he first met her in a supermarket, but hid the illicit liaison from his bosses when he found out the truth. The relationship in was discovered by the school more than a year later, during an investigation into Facebook messages allegedly sent by Austen to a second pupil. A Teaching Regulation Agency disciplinary panel has now found Austen guilty of misconduct, and may ban him from the classroom for life. Austen, a modern languages teacher, joined the leading state school in September , and four weeks in he struck up a relationship with the girl. Austen did not attend the tribunal but in a written statement said he knew the girl was at college but did not ask where she studied. Austen was dismissed by the school in April and the matter was referred to the police. No charges were brought against him.
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The year-old, who cannot be named due to a gag order, was the girl's physics teacher when she was in Secondary 1 and 2. According to court documents, the teenager was infatuated with the teacher and worked harder for his subject. Sometime in , the teenager contacted the teacher via his handphone number, which had been given to all students for the arranging of physics consultations. The pair started texting each other via WhatsApp and later video-called each other using Skype.
Women make up only about 20 percent of the recipients of bachelor's degrees in computer science, creating a large gender disparity. This gap has received ample attention for its causes and what can be done about it. In hopes of attracting more women and other underrepresented minorities to the technology workforce, Master and other UW psychologists have been studying how to dispel and counteract inaccurate computer science stereotypes. Master is the lead author of a new study examining whether having a female computer science teacher helps make high school girls more comfortable in computer science. The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the International Review of Social Psychology.