Self-fulfilling Prophecies in Schooling: Wherein Lies their Power

Lecture | March 13 | 3:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Rhona Weinstein, PH.D., Professor Emrtita, UC Berkeley, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

In this talk, I reflect on a career-long journey as a community psychologist, investigating the dynamics of how beliefs about ability can become self-fulfilling prophecies in educational settings. Such expectancy effects either foster growth or constrain it. From descriptive to intervention research (untracking a high school, new school design, and policy), I explore these discoveries in context—highlighting the history, complexity, and promise of dismantling educational inequality. Lessons drawn hold for elementary students as well university faculty, who serve as gatekeepers in defining ability and are lifelong learners themselves.

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