Pygmalion?s 50th anniversary: the state of the art in teacher expectation research

Interesting collection of articles updating Rosenthal’s research on the power of teacher’s expectations

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In 2018, we celebrate 50 years of research on teacher expectations. This tradition began with the publication of the influential book Pygmalion in the Classroom by Rosenthal and Jacobson (1968). Rosenthal and Jacobson concluded that if teachers? expectations about student ability were manipulated early in the school year, those expectations would carry over to affect how the students performed on an IQ test. From the very first moment, this work received many critiques (e.g., Thorndike, 1968), although it must also be noted that it was both brave and ground-breaking to bring research on experimenter effects into classrooms. It marked the beginning of a rich tradition of investigating teachers? expectations. Now, 50 years after the start of teacher expectation research, it is time to reflect on what we have achieved thus far and what promising directions there are for moving forward.