Exploring the Relationship and Influence between Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement

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The main purpose of this study was to explore the relationship and influence between a teacher expectations and student achievements in class. Does that student whom the teacher is always giving extra lessons and is always more patient with or whom always takes the longest to answer a question, and is always called on, is he the one who is getting the most out of that class? According to several studies and experiments they all say yes and student does achieve to be more successful if their teacher takes a little of their time to help the student and let them answer that hard question with more time than the other students. Studies have shown that teachers’ expectations are more likely to influence the student’s performance. The attitude of the teacher can change how they see the actions of a student and allow them to make different opinions. As shown in Elisha Babad, Frank Bernieri, and Robert Rosenthal’s study (1991) from the book Social Psychology written by David G Myers, students are very sensitive to teachers’ facial expressions and body movements (111; bk.ch3). A teacher’s attitude can influence their judgment of a student in class room behavior; namely, their own attitudes can cause the fundamental attribution error to occur as well as the Self- fulfilling prophecy, as reflected in a student’s performance. Psychologist Robert Rosenthal and Principle Lenore Jacobson performed an experiment in which they told teachers that a handful of students were diagnosed as a
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