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Great expectations: Academic and social outcomes for students

Christine Rubie-Davies

In recent years, the cries for teachers to have high expectations for all their students have been heard far and wide—yet, research in the expectancy area carried out at the whole class level has been sparse. This article reports findings from a study aimed to address this gap in the literature. Teachers who had high or low expectations for all students in their classes were identified. Student achievement in reading, and their self-perceptions, were tracked for one year.

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