Can a teacher's expectations make or break progress?
The expectations teachers have of their students inevitably effects the way that teachers interact with them, which ultimately leads to changes in the student’s behaviour and attitude. The work of Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobsen (1968) shows that teacher expectations influence pupil performance. They found positive expectations influence performance positively and they described this phenomenon as the Pygmalion Effect.
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The Golem Effect
The theoretical counterpart to the Pygmalion Effect is the Golem Effect, in