, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 78–91 | Cite as

Pygmalion revisited: A loud call for caution

  • Russell M. Grieger


The concept of the teacher experctancy effect continues to have a major impact on educational and psychological thinking. This article reviews the literature and concludes that the teacher expectancy effect, like the experimenter expectancy effect, is more difficult to demonstrate and less pervasive than has been claimed. It suggests that the most relevant issue is determining the relevant child characteristics that significantly cause a particular teacher to form an expectation about a particular child.


Expectancy Effect Relevant Issue Child Characteristic Loud Call Experimenter Expectancy 
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L'effet produit par l'expoir que place un professeur en son élève continue d'exercer une influence capitale sur la pensée et la psychologie éducative. Cet article passe en revue les études consacrées à ce sujet et conclut que l'effet en question, tout comme dans le cas d'un expérimentateur, est plus difficile à prouver et moins généralisé qu'on ne le prétend. L'auteur estime que le problème capital consiste à déterminer chez l'enfant les caractéristiques valables qui incitent un professeur donné à fonder particulièrement certains espoirs sur un enfant donné.


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© The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell M. Grieger
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VirginiaUSA

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