Graphic
|

New Study: College Students Taught by Good-looking Lecturers Learn More

By Daniel Akst

“Effects of Instructor Attractiveness on Learning,” R. Shane Westfall, Murray Millar and Mandy Walsh, Journal of General Psychology (July 13)

How to help students do better in school? Maybe we should try hiring better-looking teachers. Or subsidize gym memberships and makeovers for the teachers we already have.

Those, at least, are the implications of a new study from researchers at the University of Nevada, who designed a simple but revealing experiment using college students to see whether a lecturer’s attractiveness has any impact on how much of the lecture students retain. If you guessed that the answer is yes, go to the head of the class. Extra credit if you intuited that teacher attractiveness had other effects as well.

Students found the attractive instructors more motivating, easier to follow and possessed of greater health, intelligence and competence.

Students found the attractive instructors more motivating, easier to follow and possessed of greater health, intelligence and competence.

More surprising: The researchers don’t think that sexual interest explains the results, which held up whether the teacher and students were of the same sex or not. This suggests, they write, that the improved student performance was “driven by processes independent from human sexual attraction, such as attention and motivation.” Or, as one of them put it, it’s just human

To read the rest of this article, you need to be a subscriber and TO PURCHASE A NEW SUBSCRIPTION, select the subscription you want from the drop down menu below, pay and read! 

To RENEW/EXTEND an existing subscription, please  then visit the MY SUBSCRIPTION link found at the top of the page. Do not use this form.  

Authorize.Net
Authorize.Net processes AMEX, Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit card payments made online securely and safely. 
Paypal Standard
You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this payment method. PayPal allows credit card payments to be processed safely and securely. PayPal operates with credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts and PayPal accounts to make safe purchases online, without disclosing your credit card number or financial information. 

 Subscribe to our newsletter

Short URL: http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7230

Leave a Reply

Keep in Touch With AdjunctNation

Graphic Graphic Graphic

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Archives

Graphic

From the Archive

  • A Quick Guide to the Web’s Best Grant Writing Resources

    by Mark J. Drozdowski STRIP AWAY MY adjunct teaching status, my highfalutin administrative title and my freelance activities, and I’m basically a grant writer (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’ve been writing grants for more than a dozen years, and in that time I’ve come to appreciate what constitutes good form. When I […]

  • Guest Experts

    by Evelyn Beck EVEN ON-LINE, THE voice of a single course instructor can grow wearisome over the length of a semester. One way to pique student interest, and invigorate your own teaching, is to invite guest experts to interact with your class via Internet bulletin boards or chat rooms. The Internet makes it easier for guest experts to participate. They […]

  • How to Manage Classroom Conflict

    By Dr. Bruce Johnson Have you experienced conflict in your classroom? Are you aware of conditions that can disrupt a productive learning environment? Adjuncts often find that discussions can be a source of conflict because students may share diverse views, personal beliefs, or opinions, and that creates a potential for miscommunication, heated debate, and negative […]

  • Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

    by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

  • Traveling the Globe With Your Students

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders RIDE ON A GONDOLA, waltz on the Piazza San Marco at midnight, or spend the evening riding a vaporetto (waterbus) the length of the Grand Canal. Or visit a Fulani village in West Africa, where the environment is so friendly and peaceful that nonverbal communication transcends the spoken word. History, art, music, and a challenging […]

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Recently Commented

  • Dr. Jim Sass: I can’t even imagine $9K per course. I have been teaching at my college for 15 years and only...
  • Hal: This is fantastic news!!! $9000 per course is a good middle class wage for the PT faculty. I didn’t hear...
  • Michelle Ryan: So Barnard is offering less than the national average per course pay? Shame on the administration.
  • Audrey Cody: Very creative and enjoyable
  • Nancy Collins: Students will be faced with reality once they leave college. The kindness Prof. Muhammad feels he...