Human Rights Office

Human Rights Office
Human Rights Office

Understanding Each Other

Perceptions of Accent and Authority Among Classroom Instructors At Queen's University

The Human Rights office in collaboration with the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901 (PSAC 901) and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), presents here the results of research aimed at determining if and how educator's accents affect teaching experiences at Queen's.

 

The research was conducted through an online survey, Understanding Each Other: Perceptions of Accent and Authority Among Classroom Instructors At Queen's University  included questions about whether you believe accents affect instructor authority, whether you believe you have an accent (i.e. a manner of speaking that is significantly different from the local manner of speaking), whether you have experienced positive or negative reactions to your accent, whether you feel your authority in the classroom or teaching evaluations have been affected by your accent, etc.  As part of the survey we also invited participants to submit anecdotal experiences on teaching with or without accents at Queen's. The survey was completely anonymous and was open to all educators at Queen's University (i.e. educators with or without an accent).

Included below are the findings from a research project on accent and authority among classroom instructors at Queen’s University. The research project began in 2009 and concluded in 2015. Included in this research project was anyone who had teaching responsibilities in an academic department at Queen’s University.

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