Children's perceptions of personal attributes of female teachers with a tattoo

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Melanie Lynn Simons (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Mickey Randolph

Abstract: Tattooing is becoming part of mainstream culture and there are indications that perceptions of people with tattoos are changing. As the number of people with tattoos increases, the likelihood of a child having a teacher with a visible tattoo also increases. How a child perceives a teacher influences how he or she feels about and ultimately responds to that teacher. There is a significant gap in research that focuses on children’s perceptions of people with tattoos, especially children’s perceptions of teachers with tattoos and the possible impact tattoos can have on the educational environment. Results from this study indicated that, in general, students did not perceive the female teacher with a tattoo differently than the female teacher without the tattoo, nor was their performance on a measure of achievement significantly impacted by the presence of the tattoo. Additionally, exposure to parental tattoos did not result in more positive ratings of the teacher with a tattoo by students. Limitations of this research and implications for future research will be discussed.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
children's perceptions, tattoos
Perception in children
Tattooed women

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