Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Education: Definition, Theory & Examples


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What is a self-fulfilling prophecy, according to Robert K. Merton?

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1. A self-fulfilling prophecy affects:

2. Which of the following is an example of a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This combination quiz and worksheet will help you assess your understanding of how self-fulfilling prophecies can affect student performance in the classroom. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include what a self-fulfilling prophecy affects and the findings of the Oak School experiment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • What a self-fulfilling prophecy affects
  • An example of a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Findings of the Oak School experiment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related education lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how teacher's expectations can affect student behavior and performance in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the self-fulfilling prophecy theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about self-fulfilling prophecies in the classroom

Additional Learning

To learn more about this theory, review the corresponding lesson titled Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Education: Definition, Theory & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Review an example of a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Discuss how self-fulfilling prophecies can affect students and teachers
  • Learn how to move beyond self-fulfilling prophecies