The effects of teacher expectations and behaviors on student achievement





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Because the achievement gap between White students and students of other racial groups is a matter of concern, this capstone explores the correlation between teacher expectations and student achievement amongst these groups. It also shares specific strategies for teachers to create and convey high expectations to their students. Key influences include authors such as Banks, Ferguson, Haycock, Gay, Williams, etc. The author utilized focus groups in order to qualitatively explore students' perspectives of teacher expectations and behaviors. Through an analysis of focus group transcripts, students' race, reputation, friends, and behavior at the beginning of the year were identified as factors that influence teacher expectations. Comments from students led the author to conclude that teacher expectations and behaviors impact academic achievement by influencing student effort and motivation. This influence is greater for students of color.

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