The Relationship Between Faculty Gender, Student Understanding of Biblical Gender Roles, and Perceived Quality of Learning Experience in Southern Baptist Affiliated Seminaries
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Baptist theological seminaries--Faculty.
Sex role--Religious aspects--Baptists.
Sex role--Biblical teaching.
This dissertation examines seminary students' understanding of biblical gender roles and their perceived quality of learning experience while considering the gender of the faculty, for the purpose of determining what relationship, if any, there is between these two factors. The findings from this research were used to make recommendations to seminary students, faculty, and administration. Two forms of data were gathered for this quantitative research design. The instrument used is Joy Fagan's Scriptural Interpretations of Gender Issues Survey, consisting of sixty closed questions utilizing the Likert Scale response system, and one open-ended question. Fagan's scale is aimed at determining whether the respondent is egalitarian or complementarian in their beliefs regarding biblical gender roles. The framework of the survey provides into the participant's theological leanings and the consequential applications of those beliefs. The final close-ended question asks the student to identify with either the complementarian or egalitarian viewpoint for the purpose of determining if their stated view is the same as their view revealed in the rest of the survey. In addition to this instrument, a course evaluation survey was used to determine students' perceived quality of learning experience. The goal of the combined data was to test for a relationship between students understanding of biblical gender roles and their perception of the learning experience. The resulting outcomes is beneficial for seminary administration, faculty, students, and churches by providing understanding as to what the future leaders of the church will believe in regard to gender roles. As with any study, this research was limited in its generalizations. Further researched could be done using as its population all evangelical seminaries. The research could also be replicated in Christian colleges. A longitudinal study, comparing the perceived quality of learning experience in a course taught by a male professor and the same course taught by a female professor is encouraged.