ERIC Number: ED245838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Career Experiences of Men Who Teach Young Children.
To explore men's attitudes about teaching young children, this study surveyed 10 male and 8 female nursery school, kindergarten, and first-grade teachers with similar teaching experience. Participants were interviewed for 60 to 90 minutes on three general topics: (1) teaching history and plans, (2) satisfactions and frustrations in early childhood, and (3) beliefs about men entering the field. Findings indicated similarities and differences between male and female teachers. Men and women both expressed a liking for children, but men reported more complex career plans and more frequent experiences that led to discussion of alternative careers. Men also reported incidents of negative discrimination as a result of their gender, but the content of these incidents obscured their significance. Altogether, results suggested that positive career distractions, more than negative discrimination, account for the scarcity of men in early childhood education. (Author/BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).