ERIC Number: ED474900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Men's Perceptions of Their Experiences as K-2 Teachers.
Wiest, Lynda R.; Olive, Melissa L.; Obenchain, Kathryn M.
This article describes an investigation into the career-related experiences of 73 male K-2 teachers across Nevada. Data were acquired in the categories of perceived factors influencing men's choice to become a teacher, perceived factors impacting men's present level of enjoyment of teaching, and perceived stereotypes or drawbacks to being a male K-2 teacher. A matched sample of female Nevada teachers who answered the same survey questions served as a comparison group. Data analysis indicated that men entered K-2 teaching at an older age than women and did so less often as a first career. Male K-2 teachers were most strongly encouraged into the teaching occupation by their past personal experiences, namely, previous experience or personal closeness with very young children, or by anticipated future benefits, most notably enjoying children's personality traits, influencing children's early learning, and providing male role models. They were significantly more likely than female teachers to have been influenced by family or friends and significantly less likely to have been influenced by same-sex K-2 teacher role models. Men did not express concerns about potential job-related stereotypes and other negative factors that appear in other literature. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).