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Effects of Teachers’ Expectations on Academic Outcomes

May 25 2021 By Bijaya Tripathi  



I know the social climate of a setting or learning environment in which children have diverse expectations and experiences based on the protocols established by teachers and management as school climate.

It’s difficult to grasp the concept of a school environment. It is vital to establish a comfortable atmosphere for both individuals and the institution when seen as a habitat. Because children who get encouraged to grow and learn in a long-term decent educational environment, develop a prosperous, productive, and healthy lifestyle.

Students’ academic success reflects in their social interactions both inside and outside the classroom, and the student-teacher relationships. It has the potential to boost students’ interest, academic success, attendance, and effective teaching.

Expectations But With a Catch

The teacher’s expectancy has a considerable impact on the pupil’s achievement. Yet, many students experience a setback in their school success based on the level of excellence and their situations. Students are constantly combating verbal and physical discrimination based on their IQ (Intelligence Quotient). 

Rosenthal and Jacobson’s foundations of teacher expectancy research in California in 1968 informed teachers that a small group of randomly selected pupils had improved their grades, and they expected their progress to be significant. As a result, those children improved significantly and received excellent grades. It shows that teachers’ actions, attitudes, and beliefs do impact students’ behavior.

Unfortunately, because such ideas are unavoidable—at least when not confronted—can be dangerous. The setting becomes hostile, and the expectations result in disaster if they are negative and feed the students’ hateful thoughts. Therefore, their viewpoints may bent, and they are unsure of their position.

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Expectations are OK, but any subsequent criticism should be constructive and beneficial to the students. In simple terms, a positive attitude leads to positive outcomes for children, whilst a careless attitude has the opposite effect. As a result, expectations should be reasonable, because a positive relationship between the student and the teacher is essential, and each student has a different level of competence.

Teachers must acknowledge that each kid has a unique set of skills. Some students may break under the pressure of reaching the teacher’s expectations, while others may benefit from some prodding. Teachers should create a healthy learning environment rather than expecting every kid to be “excellent.” Students must also learn to avoid their vile behavior toward their classmates by how their teacher perceives them.

We must not overlook the emotive domain, and we should acknowledge behavioral qualities that influence student achievement. It’s a proven fact that it inspires students when negative attitudes if changed and replaced with good ones.

Also Read: Does School Prepare Students for the Real World?

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