London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Respecting School Standards and Rules as the Foundations for Developing Responsible Citizen Attitudes

Author(s) Vacek, P. & Lašek, J.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
The fact that pupils respect school standards and rules is generally considered to be the first stage of a positive stance towards further respecting broader social norms, which, having been accepted, enable developing responsible citizen attitudes. Our contribution, which is based on a questionnaire answered by university students (n=307) and primary school pupils (n=160), analyzes their attitudes towards school standards and rules. The survey focuses on looking for motives and reasons for obeying school standards and rules or violating them. We also investigated classroom status of the individuals who follow the rules and of those who break them repeatedly. One of the survey outcomes is rather alarming. Frequently occuring trespassing given school standards and rules in both investigated groups influences the way students and pupils perceive them. On the whole, they view standards and rules as something that is, given its statistically high occurrence, common to break. Key words: school rules, citizen attitudes, attitudes towards school rules, school cheating, respecting and trespassing norms

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