ROSENTHAL and JACOBSEN

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CRIME
ROSENTHAL and JACOBSEN ­ IQ bloomers
AIM ­ to investigate whether achievement could be self fulfilling
DESIGN
Field experiment (children are not aware of the study so they act naturally)
IV whether labelled as `average' or `bloomers' by teacher
DV ­ effect of the label on IQ score
PROCEDURE
Gave children IQ test
Gave teachers list of `average' children and list of `bloomers' (list was random)
RESULTS
IQ of `bloomers' increased
IQ of `average' decreased
CONCLUSION
Children's achievement ability was affected by the label they were given. This supports the self
fulfilling prophecy.
EVALUATION
Strength Weakness
Confidence in `average' children could be
negatively affected
Protection from harm ­ psychological long term
harm on education
No informed consent
Teachers could have showed demand
characteristic by guessing the aim
IQ may be lower but that does not make
criminality increase
Person who labels you is blamed from
criminality which takes away responsibility from
the criminal
Not everyone conforms to their label

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