Self-Fulfilling Prophecy / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955038
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT T. TAUBER is Professor of Education at The Behrend College of the Pennsylvania State University at Erie.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I SFP Mechanisms 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Mechanisms of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy 17
3 The SFP: A Global Perspective 33
Pt. II SFP Categories 39
4 Gender and the SFP 43
5 Race (African-American) and the SFP 49
6 Ethnicity and the SFP 53
7 Given Name and Surname and the SFP 59
8 Dialect and/or Primary Language and the SFP 67
9 Attractiveness and the SFP 73
10 Body Build and the SFP 85
11 Socioeconomic Levels and the SFP 95
12 Special Needs Students and the SFP 101
13 The SFP from the Students' Side of the Desk 107
14 Preservice and In-Service SFP Training 113
Pt. III SFP Applications 121
15 Practitioner Testimonials 123
Expectations: Elementary to Elementary Success 123
Preparing White Teachers to Teach in Classrooms of Color - Expectations Count! 125
A Secondary School Principal's View of the Importance of Expectations 128
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Communication Connection 130
Impact of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy on Special Education 132
A Vocational-Technical School Counselor's View of the SFP 135
Gender Equity and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy 136
Hispanics' School Failure: Which Came First, the Expectations or the Reality? 139
Impact of Expectations on Children's Physical Activity 142
Teachers' Dress and Its Impact on Students' Expectations 145
Constructing Selfs and Others 146
A Teacher Educator's View of the SFP 148
16 ERIC and the SFP 151
Bibliography 161
Index 179
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