How Students' Ethnicity Influences Their Respect for Teachers

Asian Review of Accounting, Vol 22 (2): 159 - 178, 2014

Posted: 3 Apr 2018

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Elaine Rose Evans

Macquarie University - Faculty of Business and Economics; Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Rachel F. Baskerville

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Kate Wynn-Williams

University of Otago - Department of Accountancy and Finance

Shirley Gillett

University of Otago

Date Written: May 1, 2014

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether ethnicity makes a difference to the level of respect given to teachers by tertiary accounting students. In particular, it examines whether ethnicity has an impact on students’ perceptions regarding their teachers’ attributes and behaviors, which in turn influences their respect for their teachers.

First year accounting students, both domestic and international, were surveyed in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, using a purpose-designed online questionnaire. “Ethnicity” was categorized according to first language, resulting in three categories: Home, Chinese and Other International. Student responses to quantitative questions regarding attributes and behaviors were analyzed using MANOVA and ANOVA. Open-ended questions provided further insight into student perceptions.

Regarding teachers’ attributes, statistically significant differences are seen between the ethnic groups in qualifications, classroom control and professional qualifications or work experience, but not in teachers’ behaviors. The open-ended questions provided student contributions regarding respect. These included “clarity” and “good English skills.”

This research contributes to debates over the impact of ethnic diversity in the classroom. It also contributes to the debate over the definition of the concept of “ethnicity.” A comparison between three countries is unusual; all have significant numbers of international students. Value is added through the findings, which challenge often-held assumptions regarding stereotypical “Chinese learners.” The findings will also assist teachers who have large numbers of international students in their classrooms.

Keywords: Student Ethnicity, Student Respect, Teacher Attributes, Teacher Behaviour

JEL Classification: I21, I29

Suggested Citation

Evans, Elaine Rose and Baskerville, Rachel F. and Wynn-Williams, Kate and Gillett, Shirley, How Students' Ethnicity Influences Their Respect for Teachers (May 1, 2014). Asian Review of Accounting, Vol 22 (2): 159 - 178, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3146722

Elaine Rose Evans

Macquarie University - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2109
Australia

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Rachel F. Baskerville (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law ( email )

Faculty of Commerce and Administration
PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand
006444636951 (Phone)
006444635076 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacl/staff/rachel-baskerville.aspx

Kate Wynn-Williams

University of Otago - Department of Accountancy and Finance ( email )

Dunedin
NEW ZEALAND

Shirley Gillett

University of Otago ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9010
New Zealand

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