Dr Elizabeth Peterson - Guest speakers - University of Derby

“The importance of expectations for raising achievement and narrowing the ethnic achievement gap”

A talk at the University of Derby by Dr Elizabeth Peterson, University of Auckland in New Zealand, Wednesday 5th November 2014, 4.15 to 5.15pm. Kedleston Road, Heap Lecture Theatre.           

Elizabeth Peterson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is a principle investigator on the Growing Up in New Zealand Study (www.growingup.co.nz) and the Teacher Expectation Project (http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/teacher-expectation).  Most of her research is focused on trying to understand the factors, processes and pathways that optimise human learning and development and that promote happy, healthy, well rounded and resilient young people. She is particularly interested in how people’s self-beliefs and expectations affect their wellbeing, learning and educational outcomes.

What the talk will cover:

Teacher expectations for student success are important because they are deemed to be a self-fulfilling such that, when teachers have high expectations for student achievement they interact with their students in ways that cause their expectations to be realised.

Recently, researchers have started to ask whether differences in teachers’ expectations could also be contributing to the ethnic achievement gap. This gap between ethnic majority and ethnic minority children is an ongoing concern amongst educators and policy makers in many countries.

In this talk Elizabeth will briefly review teacher expectation research and explore whether ethnic differences in teachers’ explicit and implicit expectations relate to student performance. She will also briefly describe the success of a randomised control teacher expectation trial designed to equip teachers with the typical behaviours of high expectation teachers.

All are welcome, and no booking is needed to attend.  Just come along.

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