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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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Mechanical Engineering Technical Session: Curriculum and Education
Faculty will benefit from understanding the shifting perspectives on acceptable behavior for instructors and students in the classroom. There has been a significant shift where student behavior in the classroom which would have been considered unacceptable is now acceptable (or at least should be tolerated), and likewise instructor behavior which was once acceptable (or at least tolerated) is now unacceptable. The accepted norms are not solely based on the perspective of the instructor. When an instructor doesn’t adjust to the changing norms, they can find themselves unsupported by the University in a conflict with a student. This paper focuses on helping instructors understand areas of shifting norms in the areas of: student tardy to class, student sleeping in class, student using laptop/tablet/iPad in class, and student using a phone in class. Some instructors may need to allow certain student behaviors even if they “bug” the instructor and even if the instructor believes it is disrespectful. In a survey conducted for this paper, students describe how some instructors have yelled at a student, criticized a student, complained about students, or told an offensive joke. At times, students may perceive these actions as belittling, humiliating, ridiculing or shaming a student, even if that is not the instructor’s intention. Instructors are encouraged to reevaluate and avoid behaviors that may be misinterpreted by students.
Manteufel, R. D., & Karimi, A. (2020, June), Shifting Perspectives on Acceptable Classroom Behavior Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35190
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