Do Learner's Gender and Ethnicity Really Matter for Academic Performance Evaluation

Journal of International Education in Business (JIEB), Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp.28-51, 2009

24 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2014

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Elvia Shauki

University of South Australia - School of Commerce

Ratnam Alagiah

University of South Australia

Brenton Fiedler

University of South Australia - School of Accounting and Information Systems

Krystyna Sawon

University of South Australia - School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This study aims to determine whether different perceptions based on a learner’s characteristics of age, gender, ethnicity, and duration of stay in Australia provide an explanation of teaching performance evaluations. Perceptions determine interpersonal behaviour (including communication and motivation) and the way a learner believes that they are going to be assessed by the teacher. Thereby, this will impact on a student’s formal evaluation of teaching performance through a student survey of teaching (SST). This study considers the existence of ethnic and gender bias in postgraduate students undertaking accounting-related courses. The study applies a combination of quantitative online and offline surveys which include SST data and additional questions identifying demographic data to demonstrate that a learner’s evaluation of teaching performance is influenced by the learner’s perceptions. Whilst there were no significant findings related to gender, we identified that students from certain ethnic backgrounds and citizenship, had different perceptions of a teacher’s performance. In addition we identified age and duration of stay in Australia as two demographic elements which were also statistically significant.

Keywords: Interpersonal behaviour, ethnicity, gender, learners’ perceptions, student evaluation of teaching, communication, motivation

Suggested Citation

Shauki, Elvia and Alagiah, Ratnam and Fiedler, Brenton and Sawon, Krystyna, Do Learner's Gender and Ethnicity Really Matter for Academic Performance Evaluation (2009). Journal of International Education in Business (JIEB), Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp.28-51, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477208

Elvia Shauki

University of South Australia - School of Commerce ( email )

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Ratnam Alagiah

University of South Australia ( email )

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Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Australia

Brenton Fiedler

University of South Australia - School of Accounting and Information Systems ( email )

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Adelaide, Sth Aust, 5075
Australia
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+61 8 8302 0992 (Fax)

Krystyna Sawon (Contact Author)

University of South Australia - School of Law ( email )

GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

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