Some lecturers are resorting to desperate measures to stop and deter disruptive and infantile behaviour in lectures by using a red and yellow card method found on the football pitch, and notably a method often used by primary school teachers.
Professor Caroline Jackson from the University of Lancaster observed and interviewed students between 2011-2013 at a University in the South East of England to observe such behaviour, behaviour that has been deemed ‘laddish’.
Professor Jackson argues that a majority of disruption come from male students. In her paper ‘Lad Culture and Higher Education’, Professor Jackson details of how this behaviour involves: “talking and generally being loud (which disrupted classes); being a joker; throwing stuff; arriving late; and being rude and disrespectful to lecturers”. She then goes on to detail how: “Some lecturers told alarming stories of aggressive and very antagonistic confrontations between lecturers and male students”.
The paper suggested that after the first year of University the most disruptive students would have failed their first year exams had this method not been used. With ‘Lad Culture’ being a relevant and current topic amongst Universities the research found that there was no link between the disruptive and ‘laddish’ behaviour found in the research with “rape-supportive attitudes” that ‘lad culture’ employs.
Recalling Edinburgh Univeristy’s decision to ban Robin Thicke’s song ‘Blurred Lines’, Professor Jackson’s research dispels any link between laddish behaviour and the misogynist attitudes associated with the label.