Self-fulfilling prophecy: n. "a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it is already true"
A simple example of self-fulfilling prophecy can be found in the classroom; if a teacher believes that his or her student has low grades and will not do well for the rest of the year, his or her behavior and attitudes toward the child will reinforce this belief. The teacher will call on the student less or spend less time with the child; in the end, the child will show poorer academic performance, thus confirming the teacher's self-fulfilling prophecy.
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- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology, ed. Peter Bearman and Peter Hedström, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 294-314.
- Willard, Jennifer, et al. "SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY." Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. 2008. SAGE Publications. 13 Oct. 2010. <http://www.sageereference.com/ethnicity/Article_n506.html>