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The School Community Journal

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Fall 1997

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Labelling theory has been a useful analytic tool for examining the self-fulfilling prophecy in schools. While many studies have explicated the process of labelling from teacher to student—much less scholarly attention has been focused on peer-labelling. This article introduces this perspective as a useful analytic tool for understanding peer-rejection and the enormous consequences of ignoring the problem of peer-labelling. Discussion will conclude with some general suggestions of ways in which educators can help prevent and remedy peer-rejection.

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©1997 The School Community Journal


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