ERIC Number: ED051125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Teacher Prophecy and Teacher Verbal Behavior and Their Effect upon Adult Student Achievement. Final Report.
Blakey, Millard L.
The study investigated the role of verbal cues in the communication of the self-fulfilling prophecy phenomenon. Specifically, the purpose was to determine the relationship between 1) teachers' verbal cues to students and teachers' prophecies, 2) teachers' verbal cues to students and student achievement, and 3) teachers' prophecies and student achievement. The reading subtest of the Wide Range Achievement Test was used to obtain pretest scores on students in an Adult Basic Education center. Four groups of experimental and control subjects with equal numbers of high and low scores were used, but the four randomly assigned teachers were led to expect high achievement only from the experimental subjects. The Flanders observation schedule was used to record verbal cue data over a period of 10 weeks. Results revealed significant relationships between prophecies and verbal cues and between prophecies and achievement, but not between verbal cues and achievement. The outcomes suggested that a teacher may use more indirect influence with students for whom he holds high expectations, thereby encouraging the student to participate and increasing his freedom of action. Suggestions for further research included a study designed to simultaneously examine and assess the relative inputs and effects of the several most probable modes of bias communication. (MBM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.