“Fair” does not always mean the same thing

These lesson materials introduce students to issues of fairness and various interpretations of it. Based on some everyday scenarios, students reflect on what form of distribution they consider fair and recognize that there may be different interpretations of fairness for different people and situations.
This lesson also presents an experiment with children from three different cultures. In this experiment, it was examined to what extent conceptions of fairness can differ culturally. The role of learned social norms in the behavior of children becomes clear in these experiments. Social norms, in particular norms for the distribution of resources, reflect the specific challenges facing group life in a given society.
Based on insights from this lesson, students discuss how we can use our understandings to create a more fair world.

Author: Susan Hanisch

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