Distance learning lowers the grades of attractive female students. learn
They are sitting pretty, at least in the classroom.
New research shows that attractive female college students who are used to earning high grades in person don’t make the same grades in distance learning.
A Swedish study published in the journal Economic letters, examined the impact of student appearance on their performance, both in the classroom and online. Research has shown that physical appearance played a role to some extent. reports PsyPost.
“The main takeaway is that there is a beauty premium, for both men and women, when training is in place,” said Adrian Mehic, PhD student at Lund University in Sweden and author of the study.
But remove the up-close-and-personal environment, Mehic said, and suddenly the prettiest female associates no longer thrive.
Data were collected from five separate groups of Swedish engineering students who were rated on their attractiveness by an independent panel of 74 graders.
According to research, the better they look, the higher their grades in some individual courses such as business and economics. Courses like math and physics, where grading is based more on tests than projects, speaking, and reports, didn’t see a connection.
But when courses were taught online, ratings of attractive women dropped. Attractive male students, who according to PsyPost “tend to be more assertive and have greater influence over their peers,” had no such setback.
“This suggests, at least to me, that the beauty premium in men is due to some effective trait (such as higher self-confidence) and not discrimination, while it is due to discrimination in women,” said Mehic, who was “surprised” to see male students continue to excel.
He admits that many questions remain to be answered on the subject.
“It’s quite difficult for researchers to answer why people discriminate based on appearance,” he said.
“It’s probably because when we see an attractive person, we attribute certain qualities to them that they don’t really have, like intelligence,” he said. “More research is needed to clarify why this happens.”
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