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Chapter 10: Communicating High Expectations

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Element 39: Demonstrating Value and Respect for Low Expectancy Students. Element 40: Asking Questions of Low-Expectancy Students. Element 41: Probing Incorrect Answers With Low-Expectancy Students. The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations. In 1968, two researchers conducted a fascinating study that proved the extent to which teacher expectations influence student performance.

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

Positive expectations influence performance positively, and negative expectations influence performance negatively. In educational circles, this has been termed the Pygmalion Effect, or more colloquially, a self-fulfilling prophecy. What has always intrigued me about this study is specifically what the teachers did to communicate that they believed a certain set of students had "unusual potential for academic growth. " The research isn't overly explicit about this, but it indicates that the teachers "may have paid closer attention to the students, and treated them differently in times of difficulty. " The Pygmalion Effect. The work of Rosenthal and Jacobsen (1968), among others, shows that teacher expectations influence student performance.

The Pygmalion Effect

Positive expectations influence performance positively, and negative expectations influence performance negatively. Rosenthal and Jacobson originally described the phenomenon as the Pygmalion Effect. 10 Ways Teachers Can Communicate Expectations to Students. Practice Principle 3: High Expectations for Every Child. Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:High Expectations for All. The Effect That Teacher Expectations Can Have On Students. Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform. Teachers interact differently with students expected to succeed.

Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform

But they can be trained to change those classroom behaviors. iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption. Teacher Expectations of Students. Importance of High Expectations.