ERIC Number: ED042221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Status Characteristics and Sources of Expectation.
Webster, Murray A., Jr.
A previous version of expectation theory assumed that the likelihood that evaluations will be accepted and used to assign performance expectations for group members depends upon the perceived ability level of the evaluator. An extension of the theory asserts that, in the absence of knowledge of the evaluator's ability, acceptance of his evaluations depends upon his status characteristics. In an experimental test, 100 subjects were assigned randomly to four conditions, where they received either postive or negative evaluations from an evaluator possessing either higher or lower status than they. Results were as predicted for three of the four conditions; a possible interpretation of the one discrepancy is considered, and its theoretical significance is discussed. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.