The Self-Fulfillment of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

  title={The Self-Fulfillment of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy},
  author={Sam Wineburg},
  journal={Educational Researcher},
  pages={28 - 37}
  • S. Wineburg
  • Published 1 December 1987
  • Psychology
  • Educational Researcher
Few ideas have influenced educational research and practice as much as the notion of the self-fulfilling prophecy. Yet despite the impact of the "educational self-fulfilling prophecy," the empirical status of the construct, as applied to the effect of teacher expectations on student IQ, remains equivocal. Lack of evidence was apparent even in the now-classic "Pygmalion Study" (Rosenthal & Jacobson, 1968), which claimed to show that teachers" expectations affect student intelligence. Despite… 
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