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ERIC Number: ED231542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Achievement of Care: Men Who Teach Young Children.
Seifert, Kelvin
Teaching young children remains a generally female occupation in spite of some educators' encouraging men to enter the field. In order to explore the reasons for this imbalance, 10 male school teachers of young children were interviewed at length about their teaching history and plans, their satisfaction with their work, and their attitudes about male participation in the profession. Responses from the men were compared with those from eight women holding comparable jobs. Open-ended, semistructured questions guided the 60 to 90 minute interviews, which were recorded and additionally transcribed when deemed appropriate. Results suggested both similarities and differences between the two groups. Men and women expressed their liking for children, but men reported having more complex career plans and experiencing more frequent situations leading to discussion of alternative careers. Men also reported incidents of discrimination as a result of their gender, but the significance of these incidents was unclear. Altogether, results suggested that the distraction of positive career alternatives accounted more for the scarcity of men in early childhood education than did discrimination. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada