International Journal of Art & Design Education

Assessment: Do Males and Females Make Judgements in a Self-selecting Fashion?

Volume 15.2   1996



The article considers the reasons why females perform systematically better at school examinations than males, and why this pattern is reversed at tertiary level examinations. The possibility is considered that this is due to the exercise of an unconscious preference on the part of teachers for work done by students of their own sex. In this way, the predominance of female teachers at school level and male teachers at tertiary level is likely to favour the work of females and males respectively.