Matthew Effect: Definition & Examples


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The notion of 'the rich get richer and the poor get poorer' is also known as:

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1. What does accumulated advantage mean?

2. How can the Matthew Effect be used within the education field?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you understand what the Matthew Effect is and how it applies to real world scenarios. Read on to learn more about why some people believe that the old adage 'the rich get richer and the poor get poorer' is an observable phenomena.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet combo to review aspects of the Matthew Effect in depth, including:

  • The phrase that defines the Matthew Effect
  • The meaning of accumulated advantage
  • At what age reading skills start to effect students' achievement
  • The impact of the Matthew Effect on scientific research
  • How the Matthew Effect can be seen within society

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as why advantaged people are more prone to more success than disadvantaged ones
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Matthew Effect and examples of real-world scenarios involving it
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about accumulated advantages, Matthew 25: 29, and the inequality of advantage

Additional Learning

Learn more about the Matthew Effect and the real world benefits that advantaged populations have over disadvantaged ones. Review the accompanying lesson that covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the biblical origins of the phenomena
  • Explore the theoretical differences between advantaged and disadvantaged populations
  • Learn why psychologists believe 3rd grade is a crucial point of development for children
  • Learn about different scenarios that benefit those with accumulated advantages
  • Examine the sociological concepts and underlying theories behind the Matthew Effect
  • Understand why people coined the phrase 'the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer'