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Teacher- Pupil Prejudices

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Teacher- Pupil Prejudices

School teachers and their pupils both have fixed speech stereotypes and both sets of stereotypes are potentially the source of serious problems. However there are many sorts of teachers and pupils who are not influenced by speech. There is some evidence that teachers base their first impression of pupils on speech-forms in preference to other sources of information which might appear to be more relevant. However, this is only true for student teachers rather than experienced ones who may evaluate pupils in quite a different way.

This was further established by carrying out an experiment which gave the results that among a photograph, speech record and an essay or drawing, student teachers gave favourable impressions based on the speech sample of pupils rather than the other sources provided

However, a problem arises when assuming that teachers do form first impressions of pupils on the basis of their speech. This is a problem for a child who speech leads to an unfavourable first impression. This will make an impact on the child’s performance in class as it may reinforce any negative prejudices which the pupil may have against their own speech and may result in negative performance.

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