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Reflect on One’s Cultural Lens

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Pygmalio effect

In 1965 the authors conducted an experiment in a public elementary school, telling teachers that certain children could be expected to be “growth spurters,” based on the students’ results on the Harvard Test of Inflected Acquisition. In point of fact, the test was nonexistent and those children designated as “spurters” were chosen at random. What Rosenthal and Jacobson hoped to determine by this experiment was the degree (if any) to which changes in teacher expectation produce changes in student achievement.

Reference – Pygmalion in the classroom

Rosenthal, R., Jacobson, L. Pygmalion in the classroom. Urban Rev 3, 16–20 (1968). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02322211

Key Definition

Expectation

Definition:

A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. A belief that someone will or should achieve something.