Sex Roles

, Volume 18, Issue 7–8, pp 489–496

Effects of lecture style on learning and preferences for a teacher

  • Debra B. Hull
  • John H. Hull

DOI: 10.1007/BF00288397

Cite this article as:
Hull, D.B. & Hull, J.H. Sex Roles (1988) 18: 489. doi:10.1007/BF00288397


Male and female college students read a lecture transcript, then completed a multiple-choice test covering transcript material and evaluated the lecturer. The actual content of the lecture was always the same, but the material was presented either in a demanding, stereotypically masculine style or in a supportive, stereotypically feminine style, and attributed either to a female or male teacher. Students generally preferred the supportive style, and evaluated those using it as more competent, warmer, more sensitive to student needs, more interested in student learning, but less forceful. Students learned significantly less from a female using the demanding style than from a male using the supportive style, a male using the demanding style, or a female using the supportive style.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra B. Hull
    • 1
  • John H. Hull
    • 2
  1. 1.Wheeling CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Bethany CollegeUSA

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