CAPD Educational Research Seminar 23rd April 2015
Thursday, 23 April 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
'Laddish' masculinities in Higher Education: Exploring the perspectives and responses of higher education staff
Prof Carolyn Jackson
Professor, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK.
*Lunch will be provided for those who book, so please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.
About the seminar:
This seminar will offer some intriguing thoughts with findings from a project that explored ‘lad cultures’ in H.E. from the perspectives of a variety of staff across six universities, including Pro-Vice Chancellors, Provosts/Deans, College Tutors, and Student Union Officers.
Over the last 2-3 years in the UK there has been a dramatic increase in the number of concerns voiced about ‘lad culture’ and ‘laddism’ in higher education (H.E). Although ‘laddism’ is only one of many forms of masculinity, it has been suggested that ‘laddish’ masculinities are dominant in many social spheres of university life. Furthermore, they are problematic as they are characterised by sexism and homophobia and, in extreme forms, by rape supportive attitudes, sexual harassment and violence (Phipps and Young, 2013). To date, very little research has been conducted on laddism in H.E., and that work has focussed almost exclusively on student perspectives. In this paper I discuss and analyse findings from a project funded by the SRHE that explored ‘lad cultures’ in H.E. from the perspectives of a variety of staff across six universities, including Pro-Vice Chancellors, Provosts/Deans, College Tutors, and Student Union Officers. Through around 80 interviews the project addressed the following questions, aspects of which I will discuss in this paper:
1. In what ways are lad cultures manifest in different higher education contexts?
2. Are these manifestations problematic and, if so, how?
3. Are universities working to tackle lad cultures and, if so, how?
4. Does more need to be done to tackle lad cultures in H.E and, if so, what?
Phipps, A. and Young, I. (2013) That’s what she said: Women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in higher education. London: National Union of Students.
About the presenter
Prof Carolyn Jackson has researched and published on numerous gender and education issues, including fear; constructions and performances of 'laddish' masculinities and femininities; and single-sex and mixed-sex learning environments. She has published books including ‘Lads and Ladettes in School: Gender and a fear of failure’ and ‘Girls and Education 3-16’ (co-edited with Carrie Paechter and Emma Renold).
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Centre for Academic and Professional Development, Queen Mary University of London
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