Self-fulfilling Prophecy: A Practical Guide to Its Use in Education

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - Education - 184 pages
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What we expect, all too often, is exactly what we get. Nowhere is this more true than in education, where teachers' expectations of students are crucial. The self-fulfilling prophecy should be of great interest to teachers, both those in training and those in service. Whether or not a teacher is aware of it, the self-fulfilling prophecy is at work, impacting students either to their benefit or their detriment. It follows that teachers should be made aware of the SFP and how it can be used effectively in education. Using the new on-line research facilities, Dr. Tauber has compiled over 700 doctoral dissertations and countless journal articles on stereotyping, perception of social differences, race, gender, ethnicity, body features, age, socioeconomic levels, special needs, and other personal and situational factors. The last part of the book presents a collection of testimonials written from the viewpoint of practitioners.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Mechanisms of the SelfFulfilling Prophecy
17
The SFP A Global Perspective
33
SFP Categories
39
Gender and the SFP
43
Race AfricanAmerican and the SFP
49
Ethnicity and the SFP
53
Given Name and Surname and the SFP
59
Practitioner Testimonials
123
Preparing White Teachers to Teach in Classrooms of ColorExpectations Count
125
A Secondary School Principals View of the Importance of Expectations
128
The Communication Connection
130
Impact of the SelfFulfilling Prophecy on Special Education
132
A VocationalTechnical School Counselors View of the SFP
135
Gender Equality and the SelfFulfilling Prophecy
136
Which Came First the Expectation or the Reality?
139

Dialect andor Primary Language and the SFP
67
Attractiveness and the SFP
73
Body Build and the SFP
85
Socioeconomic Levels and the SFP
95
Special Needs Students and the SFP
101
The SFP from the Students Side of the Desk
107
Preservice and InService SFP Training
113
SFP Applications
121
Impact of Expectations on Childrens Physical Activity
142
Teachers Dress and Its Impact on Students Expectations
145
Construction Selfs and Others
146
A Teacher Educators View of the SFP
148
ERIC and the SFP
151
Bibliography
161
Index
179
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About the author (1997)

ROBERT T. TAUBER is Professor of Education at The Behrend College of the Pennsylvania State University at Erie. He is the author of five books, including Acting Lessons for Teachers: Using Performance Skills in Education (Praeger, 1994).

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