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Teacher Expectations in Education

1st Edition

By Christine M. Rubie-Davies


162 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The influence of teacher expectations on student outcomes is routinely explored by professors, administrators, teachers, researchers, journalists, and scholars. Written by a leading expert on teacher expectations, this book situates the topic within the broader context of educational psychology research and theory, and brings it to a wider audience. With chapters on the history of the teacher expectation field, student perceptions of teacher expectations, and implications for practice, this concise volume is designed for use in educational psychology courses and any education course that includes social-psychological aspects of classrooms in the curriculum. It will be indispensable for student researchers and both pre- and in-service teachers alike.


"Christine M. Rubie-Davies is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of research on teacher expectations and classroom climate and student learning. In this book, she explains why teachers’ performance expectations are important, how they are communicated, and how they can be enhanced in ways to improve student learning. She translates this complex research topic and lucidly conveys the important, central messages embedded in hundreds of studies. This book is fundamentally important for those who plan to teach or those who conduct research on teaching."

Thomas L. Good, Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona, USA

Table of Contents


  1. The beginnings and development of the teacher expectation paradigm
  2. Teacher expectations, teacher interactions and student perceptions
  3. Student characteristics as precursors to differential teacher expectations
  4. Teacher differences in propensity for expectation effects
  5. What has been learned and where to next?



About the Author

Christine M. Rubie-Davies is Professor of Education and is in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

About the Series

Ed Psych Insights

The Ed Psych Insights series translates major topics from educational psychology into accessible primers for general education students, teachers in training, and all education scholars. Thorough yet concise, expert-authored yet highly readable, each Ed Psych Insights book centers on a key construct that already has a high-level evidence base but that is increasingly integrating into teaching and into the Education sector’s broader discourse. Cognition, self-regulation, student assessment, classroom discussion, and emotions are just some of the issues already covered by the volumes of the series so far. Written in language common to stakeholders across Education and readable by the intelligent public, these books offer readers a basic working knowledge of the chosen construct.

Each book is approximately 40,000 words (140 book pages) and addresses the core meaning of its construct, takeaways from existing research, and implications for pedagogy. Rather than include extensive literature reviews or references more typical of scholarly writings, each volume limits in-text citations, instead using superscript numbers to lead readers to references at the end of the book (think Wikipedia). Glossaries are included to familiarize readers with the important terms and concepts described in the book.

The Ed Psych Insights series is edited by Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland, USA, and published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Classroom Management