ERIC Number: ED366417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-24
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Male Teachers in Early Childhood Education: Self & Social Perceptions.
Noting that men make up only a small percentage of early childhood and day care educators, a study was conducted to assess male teachers' points of view and attitudes. The self- and social-perceptions of 5 male preschool teachers between the ages of 22 and 50 were determined through ethnographic interviews. It was found that, as a group, the male teachers exhibited high levels of individualism, motivation, social awareness, and non-materialism. Four of the five had previous experience in other professions but decided to enter the preschool teaching profession because they enjoyed teaching. All five said that they were accepted by their female counterparts and rarely clashed with female teachers on non-professional matters. All five reported a period of adjustment to working with young children, and sensed that many children, especially girls, initially were somewhat shy around a male teacher. Three of the five felt socially inferior to many of the parents of the children they taught due to their low salaries. Being accused of being pedophiles and child abusers was the male teachers' greatest fear. (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Male Faculty
Note: M.S. Thesis, Bank Street College of Education.