Northeastern professor’s work shows gendered language in teacher reviews
BetaBoston - 02/12/2015
Would you say that a female college professor is more likely to be annoying, bossy, or unfair? Or that a male professor has a better chance of being wise, intelligent, or awesome?
An interactive chart gaining attention on social media this week suggests just that. By using 14 million teacher reviews from RateMyProfessors.com, Northeastern history professor Ben Schmidt created a data visualization that allows users to explore words used to describe male and female teachers. By typing any word into the box, the chart rearranges to display how often the word is used and in which subject areas. Many of the results illustrate gendered language.