The Five Most Disruptive Student Behaviors
By Doug Hoffman
Recently I asked 21 Colorado State University College of Business faculty members and 30 upper-division marketing students to answer the question: "What are the five most disruptive student behaviors in the classroom?" The following two lists contain the most commonly observed infractions—in the order of frequency in which they were mentioned.
I have to admit that I thought the lists would be duplicates of one another. I was wrong. Of the 18 behaviors listed in the students' responses, ten—highlighted in red—were unique to the students’ perspective. Interestingly, three of the top six did not make the faculty list at all.
|Faculty Perspective||Student Perspective|
What can we learn from this?
First, a lot of the behaviors that irritate faculty irritate students as well—especially the dominant ones: side discussions, cell phone use, and inappropriate laptop use. Consequently, you’ll be doing everyone a favor if you can effectively manage these particular types of behavior.
Second, students have their own set of issues and faculty will do themselves a favor by being fully aware of them as well.