Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Second Advisor

Dr. Edsel Erickson

Third Advisor

Dr. Martin Ross


This study investigates the influence of perceived teacher and parent expectations on student achievement. Additionally, variations in perceived expectations were measured for students with different sex, race, and socioeconomic background. The sample population consisted of 283 tenth-grade students in a large midwestern school district. Results indicate that students with higher teacher and parent perceived expectations score higher on standardized tests of reading achievement. Furthermore, student perception of teacher and parent expectation varied directly with socioeconomic status.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access