Social effects on performance: Mathew, Pygmalion, Galatea, and Relative Age effect

Elaborating on his co-authored paper, "A proposed theoretical model to explain relative age effects in sport", Jean Côté argues that social agents have the largest influence on relative age effects. According to the paper, primary agents like parents influence relative age effects through Matthew effects. Coaches influence relative age effects through Pygmalion effects and athletes … Continue reading Social effects on performance: Mathew, Pygmalion, Galatea, and Relative Age effect

Julie Posselt: How Graduate Admissions really works

Julie's work explores how Graduate Admissions really works in the United States I have been following Julie Posselt for some time, particularly because of her observational studies and insights into US higher education. Along with recent books like "The Tyranny of Merit" by Michael Sandel and "The Meritocracy Trap" by Daniel Markovits, her book "Inside … Continue reading Julie Posselt: How Graduate Admissions really works

Jerome Bruner on Meritocracy

Quote "A meritocracy, however, implies a system of competition in which students are moved ahead and given further opportunities on the basis of their achievement, with position in later life increasingly and irreversibly determined by earlier school records. Not only later educational opportunities but subsequent job opportunities become increasingly fixed by earlier school performance. The … Continue reading Jerome Bruner on Meritocracy