Rosenthal and Jacobsen (1968) found a simple way of testing the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy. They went into an ordinary American school and gave the class a ‘special’ kind of intelligence test. It was only an ordinary test but they selected a number of children whose performance in the test was about average. Instead of speaking to the children directly, they allowed the class teacher to ‘overhear’ a conversation in which they named these average children as ones who, on the basis of this test, were likely to make special progress in the coming year.
When they came back a year later, they found that, sure enough, those children were now near the top of their classes. Because the teachers had believed that these children would do well, they had (unconsciously, at least) given them special attention and encouragement. This had improved the self concept of the children concerned and encouraged them to work harder to live up to all those revised expectations.
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