SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY

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  • Created on: 19-05-15 17:21

SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY (SFP) - a prediction which comes true simply by virtue of having it made (living up to a label)

PROCESS OF A SFP:

1. LABEL IS MADE

  • e.g. teacher labels pupil

2. INDIVIDUAL GETS TREATED DIFFERENTLY BY PEOPLE ACTING AS IF THE PREDICTION WAS ALREADY TRUE

  • teacher treats pupil accordingly to the label

3. PREDICTION IS FULFILLED

  • pupil becomes the type of student the teacher expects then to be

ROSENTHAL & JACOBSON used a field experiment to investgate the SFP in a Californian Primary School.      ROSENTHAL & JACOBSON told the school they had a new test specially designed to identify the pupild that would 'spurt' ahead.      They tested all the pupil but only chose a random sample of 20% & told the school the test (which was fake) identified them as the 'SPURTERS'.      They found that almost half (47%) of those identifies mde…

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