Teacher Expectations and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Knowns and Unknowns, Resolved and Unresolved Controversies

  title={Teacher Expectations and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Knowns and Unknowns, Resolved and Unresolved Controversies},
  author={Lee Jussim and Kent D. Harber},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={131 - 155}
  • L. Jussim, K. Harber
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
This article shows that 35 years of empirical research on teacher expectations justifies the following conclusions: (a) Self-fulfilling prophecies in the classroom do occur, but these effects are typically small, they do not accumulate greatly across perceivers or over time, and they may be more likely to dissipate than accumulate; (b) powerful self-fulfilling prophecies may selectively occur among students from stigmatized social groups; (c) whether self-fulfilling prophecies affect… 

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