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Katie McElhinny

Rules vs norms - 2 views

  • Rules are made by authority figures.
  • They are not easily changed. People for whom rules are made are not involved in the process of establishing them. They are also not allowed to question the rules or the authority figures.
  • rules are made to be obeyed, not to be discussed or challenged
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  • norms affect everyone in the classroom
  • rules often induce a spirit of disobedience.
  • The norms agreed upon by students make sense to them. They appear to be ideal for harmonious and optimised functioning for academic purposes.
  • Norms, while seemingly flimsy, possess greater power to elicit positive classroom compliance.
  • Effective classroom norms should be few, well-considered, enforced consistently, fair and student-centred.
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    Although they are used interchangeably on many occasions, the terms "rules" and "norms" have different meanings and hence yield different outcomes in a classroom setting.
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    Found this interesting article when struggling with the concept of rules vs. norms in building a virtual classroom.
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