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Why does teacher gender matter?

Dario Sansone ()

Economics of Education Review, 2017, vol. 61, issue C, 9-18

Abstract: This paper shows that high school math and science teacher gender affects student interest and self-efficacy in STEM. However, such effects become insignificant once teacher behaviors and attitudes are taken into account, thus pointing towards an omitted variables bias. Teacher beliefs about male and female ability in math and science – as well as how teachers treat boys and girls in the classroom – matter more than teacher's own gender. The student fixed effects estimates also highlight that creating a positive learning environment and making math and science interesting are pivotal in engaging students in these subjects.

Keywords: High school; STEM; Teacher gender; Role model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 I20 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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