Can expectations turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy to performance in the classroom? Self-fulfilling prophecy or Pygmalion effect is the belief that what we expect is what we get. It’s been explored in several fields, Pygmalion effect is applied in management and most importantly in education. This is very interesting in education. Teachers experiment on how to impart knowledge to students. They try one method after another and see the result on the students. Learning and achievements of students in the classroom are complex phenomena. Teachers in the essential and higher education are interested on how to effectively educate young minds. That is why they also act as researchers in the classroom. I have been around in the academe for higher than a decade now and I’m desirous of how I could elicit performance from my students.
In an investigation I conducted, I sought the relationships of impression and expectations to achievements of students in Business statistics Class Management Software. Statistics is a mathematics subject and many students in college have expectations on the subject. They expect that it is a hard subject. Some say that it is interesting especially to business students. Statistics in business is extremely important. Market research needs analysis of data that usually quantitative in nature. Decision-making process also involves statistical analysis. With this specific things at heart I was moved to participate in an investigation 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 analysis 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, has 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 really small to very high. The findings imply that the impressions and expectations could 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 totally understand the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy to a person to help transform his/her behavior in ways that confirm to his/her initial expectations that will assist as a basis in the attainment of success.