Monday, February 9, 2015

How Reviews on ‘Rate My Professors’ Describe Men and Women Differently

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 9th, 2015

Easy or demanding? Boring or engaging? And what about homework?
The student-evaluation site Rate My Professors contains a huge stockpile of information about what college students think of their instructors. And thanks to a new tool created by a Northeastern University professor, those millions of reviews can be mined to reveal students’ biases about male and female professors.
Benjamin M. Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern, spoke to The New York Times about his interactive tool, which allows users to see how often certain words appear in male and female professors’ reviews, across an array of disciplines.

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