Calling on students at random in the classroom could negatively affect women: study

August 19, 2019

“A professor calling on students might have the best of intentions. But because being in the hot seat is so much riskier for women, the scholars suggest, instructors should avoid putting students there,” writes Beckie Supiano. The author cites a study which found that women are much more fearful than men about answering a question incorrectly in front of others, likely due in part to fears about confirming gender stereotypes. For this reason, a professor calling on students at random might be detrimental to women. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)