Psych 399R Essay 1

Psych 399R Essay 1 - Caitlin Dekker Psych 399R Essay 1...

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Caitlin Dekker Psych 399R Essay 1 September, 12, 2011 Rosenthal Effect as Applied to the Family Academy According to the well-known study by Robert Rosenthal, when teachers are given certain expectations about their students, the students live up to those expectations whether they are true or not. For example, if a teacher is told that a particular student is more gifted than others, that student will tend to outperform the other students, thus living up to the teacher’s expectations. Through his research, Rosenthal found that teacher’s often treat their students differently based on the information they receive beforehand. They give more attention and praise to the “gifted” students and spend less time with those who are considered average or below. The gifted students benefit from this extra attention and perform better on exams than the students whom the teacher had lower expectations of. This is also known as the Pygmalion Effect; if they expect better performance from students, the students will indeed perform better. The results of Rosenthal’s
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