Examining the Teacher's Perception Towards Gender Nonconforming Students

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Introduction In our world today, various groups of people experience discrimination due to their race, religion, or gender. Dealing with such discrimination on a daily basis is a hurdle that can make the easy become difficult and the simple become increasingly complex. People in minority groups can experience discrimination to the extent where others’ negative actions toward them can cause them serious and lasting psychological and physical damage. The experience of discrimination and bias in any form can make school extremely difficult for students (Amoroso, Loyd & Hoobler, 2009; Asher, 2007; Steffens, Jelenec & Noack, 2010). Discrimination, while unfortunately experienced by many groups, is often experienced by those who do not…show more content…
They also noted that students were segregated into gender groups, on average, seven times in each three hour school day. In addition, when the groups were segregated, the teachers, on average, tended to encourage competition between girls and boys and ensure that boys would go first when it came to taking turns in any daily task (the girls would only get to go first in taking turns if the boys had specifically misbehaved). Findings from this study illustrated that teachers in the traditionally male-dominated society of Hong Kong have the tendency to subtly reinforce gender stereotypes and thus, reinforce male-centered values that may place their female students at a disadvantage. Females are not the only ones who can suffer enormous consequences due to unconscious teacher biases that subtly perpetuate stereotypes and the status quo. Wood, Kurtz-Costes, Rowley & Adeyanju (2010) have found that adults have a tendency toward lower academic expectations when it comes to African American male students as opposed to African American female students. This belief held even when African American mother were asked to evaluate the academic potential of their own children. The results of this study

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