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Appearance in educational environment: evaluation, self-evaluation, functional importance

Labunskaya Vera Aleksandrovna

Doctor of Psychology

professor at Southern Federal University

344006, Russia, g. Rostov-Na-Donu, ul. Bol'shaya Sadovaya, 105/42, kab. Nagibina, 13.-219

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Bzezyan Anastasiya Ambartsumovna

PhD in Psychology

Educator, the department of Social Psychology, Southern Federal University

344006, Russia, Rostovskaya oblast', g. Rostov-Na-Donu, ul. Bol'shaya Sadovaya, 105/42, of. 219




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Abstract: This article provides a theoretical analysis of the studies on the impact of student’s appearance upon his academic performance, and the impact of educator’s appearance upon the students’ academic success. A theoretical conclusion is made on the appearance as a “social capital” of the students and educators. It is noted that the conclusions about the influence of appearance on educational environment were formulated by the western scholars. Therefore, the authors examins the indicated problem with regards to the Russian students, including evaluation of the educator’s appearance, role of the subjective assessment of students’ economic status in determining the functional importance of appearance in educational environment. The authors apply a number of the original questionnaires and surveys. The research involved 130 students; 62% identified themselves with the group “rather poor than wealthy” and 48% – “rather wealthy than poor”. It is concluded that the students agree with the statement that the more attractive appearance can contribute to confident interaction with the educators, their attention to the student, and higher academic grades; students’ subjective assessment of their economic status affects their self-evaluation and evaluation of the educators’ appearance, but does not significantly influences the choice of measure of the functional importance of appearance for educational environment. The authors underline that the student environment, regardless the economic status of the students, has formed a perspective of the “investment power” of appearance as a social capital.

Keywords: attractive appearance, economic status, student, teacher, academic success, educational environment, the importance of appearance, assessment, self esteem, social capital
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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