134lecture08(jan28)bw - Self-fulfilling prophecies...

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1 © 2005 David Schweingruber Self-fulfilling Prophecies Jan. 28, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2005 David Schweingruber Self-fulfilling prophecies Self-fulfilling prophecies: assumption or prediction that in itself causes the expected event to occur, thus seeming to confirm the prophecy’s accuracy (p. 53) A self-fulfilling prophecy is a socially constructed situation whose meaning tells us what is going to happen Examples from our educational system (meanings attached to students): Test taking: meanings attached to the race or sex of test takers affect the results (video clip) Teaching-expectancy effect (positive meanings attached to students): In the “Pygmalion in Classroom” study, students labeled “Spurters” showed more
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