Cognitive Bias in Education: the Pygmalion Effect

Many of the judgments we make daily, although they may seem sensible to us, are, in fact, far from rational and can lead us to make bad decisions. These erroneous judgments are called cognitive biases, and some 250 different ones are known to date. While the teaching profession encourages the development of critical thinking skills, the learner-teacher relationship is nevertheless conducive to the development of some of these biases, and they can have a significant impact on learning. The Pygmalion effect is one of them, and the first step in preventing it is to know more about it. Self-fulfilling prophecy: from the lab to the school

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