September 1, 1987
Assistant Professor of Psychology Randolph Cornelius, Professor of Psychology Anne Constantinople and Assistant Professor of Psychology Janet Gray completed their study of student participation at Vassar, Trinity College and Central Connecticut State University. The study was prompted by a 1982 report by the American Council on Education claiming that college instructors favored male class participation over female participation.
Constantinople explained her team’s findings, “What is important to know is that both the first and the second studies have found no evidence at all of differences in responsiveness by instructors based on a student’s sex. If our analysis is correct, then the task of ensuring equal educational opportunity for women in college classrooms is not so much one of reducing faculty discrimination as it is of finding ways to bring women into the discussion early and often. Only by developing new habits will old roles be broken!” On Campus