ERIC Number: ED370711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-30
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Men in Early Childhood: What Do Women Think about It?
This study sought to determine Australian attitudes toward men working in the early childhood profession. Subjects were 100 first-year and 100 third-year female early childhood undergraduates and 22 practicing early childhood teachers and caregivers. Survey respondents were asked to describe how three imaginary early childhood teachers named Mary, Steve, and Chris would respond to everyday classroom situations. The open-ended responses indicated that about half of the first- and third-year students thought that the three teachers would react in the same way. The other half thought that whereas Mary would engage in more physical contact with children, Steve would refrain from touching them. Responses for Chris's behavior were largely dependent on the perception of this imaginary teacher's gender. The teachers' and caregivers' responses, while more sophisticated, were similar in terms of the expectations for the three teachers. The survey also found that while most respondents believed that male and female early childhood teachers entered the profession for the same reasons, many thought that male teachers would move on to other careers, whereas female teachers would remain in the profession. A copy of the survey questionnaire is appended. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Association for Childhood Educational Study Conference (New Orleans, LA, March 30-April 2, 1994).