Can expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy to performance in the classroom? Self-fulfilling prophecy or Pygmalion effect may be the belief that what we expect is what we get. It has been explored in many fields, Pygmalion effect is applied in management and above all in education. This is very interesting in education. Teachers experiment on the best way to impart knowledge to students. They try one method after another and see the effect on the students. Learning and achievements of students in the classroom are complex phenomena. Teachers in the basic and higher education are interested on the best way to effectively educate young minds. That’s why they also become researchers in the classroom. I have been around in the academe for more than a decade now and I’m desirous of how I will elicit performance from my students.
In a study I conducted, I sought the relationships of impression and expectations to achievements of students in Business statistics Class Attendance App. Statistics is a mathematics subject and many students in college have expectations on the subject. They expect that it’s a hard subject. Some say that it’s interesting especially to business students. Statistics in operation is extremely important. Market research needs analysis of data that frequently quantitative in nature. Decision-making process also involves statistical analysis. With this things in your mind I was moved to participate in a study on the impressions, expectations, and achievements of business statistics classes.
In the research, I asked the students about their impressions and expectations in Business statistics course characteristics: interestingness, enjoyability, usefulness, and difficulty. The study was conducted in three grading periods: prelims, midterms, and finals. Based on the findings, interestingness, enjoyability, and usefulness have weak Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy to achievements. Difficulty, however, features a strong self-fulfilling prophecy to achievements in the final grading period. The performances of the students in the three grading periods showed consistency. Initial impression, expectations for midterms and finals, post-course impressions, and achievements have an inter-correlation from tiny to very high. The findings imply that the impressions and expectations can be a self-fulfilling prophecy to students’achievements.
It is hoped that the findings with this study will have practical implications for the instructors, researchers, students, and parents to completely understand the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy to someone to simply help transform his/her behavior in techniques confirm to his/her initial expectations that will aid as a basis in the attainment of success.