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ERIC Number: ED361062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Tertiary Students Perceptions of Male Workers in the Early Childhood Field in Australia.
Clyde, Margaret
This Australian study examined the attitudes of preservice early childhood teachers toward their male colleagues working in child care centers or preschool kindergartens. The study also investigated differences in perspectives between new students and graduating students, and whether students enrolled in child care courses held views different from those of students enrolled in preschool courses. Subjects were 100 female students from each of the diploma courses in child care and preschool teaching at a tertiary institution, surveyed on their first day of their 3-year course, and an additional 100 female students surveyed on the last day of their course. Students completed a questionnaire in which they described how they thought three fictional early childhood workers (one male, one female, and one androgynous worker called "Chris," a male in whom male and female sex role behaviors were equally balanced) would respond to four typical classroom experiences. Students also responded to specific questions relating to their perceptions of the vocational aspirations of these three characters. Results indicated that over half of the students in both groups perceived that males and females would respond differently to the classroom situations. The majority of students also perceived males as working for shorter periods of time in the early childhood field. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia