Sex Roles

, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp 683–690 | Cite as

Sex differences in student dominance behavior in female and male professors' classrooms

  • Virginia R. Brooks

Abstract

Measures of verbal participation and interaction among graduate students provided a comparison of male and female dominance behavior in the classroom, and measures of the contextual effect of sex of professor provided further data on the interrelatedness of sex, status, and dominance behavior. Male students were found to exhibit significantly more aggressiveness (interruptive behavior) than female students in both male and female professors' classes, although significantly more male aggressiveness occurred in female professors' classes than in male professors classes. Male students were significantly more assertive (frequency and duration of speech) in female professors' classes only. In student-to-student interaction, aggressiveness was predominantly exchanged between sexes rather than among same-sex members.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia R. Brooks
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of HoustonUSA

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