School Controversies: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies and Tracking


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All of the following are examples of the advantages of tracking in schools, EXCEPT:

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1. Richard Daniels has three older siblings who did well in school. At school, every time he meets a new teacher, he usually receives a big smile and is told something similar to, 'I know you'll do well. All of the Daniels kids are smart.' His teachers often call on him in class and value his input. Richard works hard to live up to this expectation. As a result, he performs well academically. This is an example of _____.

2. A child is labeled as having a 'behavioral problem' because he had some behavioral difficulties in his class the previous year. This child ends up frequently acting out and disrupting class the following year with a new teacher. This could be considered an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Students can check their comprehension of tracking in the classroom with this quiz/worksheet. It will test students on some of the vocabulary words related to this topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet will test students on these terms:

  • Tracking
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Pygmalion effect

Skills Practiced

Students who take this quiz will be sharpening the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - pull key vocabulary terms and information from the related sociology lesson
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define words like tracking and self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Robert Rosenthal
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the Pygmalion effect to analyze examples

Additional Learning

Students who want to learn more on this subject should take a look at the accompanying lesson titled School Controversies: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies and Tracking. It will help students accomplish the following goals:

  • Learn about school controversies
  • Define self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Understand Robert Rosenthal and the Pygmalion effect
  • Define tracking
  • Understand the benefits of tracking