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Abstract Title: Examining Gender Biases Within the Physics Learning Assistant Program
Abstract: A bias against female physics students is often found throughout college classrooms. We sought to discover if this bias extends to undergraduate students with female Learning Assistants. By using surveys to rate the perceived ability and knowledge of male and female physics LAs, who all have similar credentials, we have found a general trend that female LAs are consistently ranked lower by both male and female students. Additionally, we see that this apparent bias is implicit, as most students explicitly state that the male and female LAs were of equal standing. These preliminary findings have an implication that the gender bias has been extended to the physics LA program at Cal Poly Pomona.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lauren Kim
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Homeyra Sadaghiani-California Polytechnic University, Pomona