ERIC Number: EJ1021094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
More Male Primary-School Teachers? Social Benefits for Boys "and Girls"
McGrath, Kevin; Sinclair, Mark
Gender and Education, v25 n5 p531-547 2013
The call for more male primary-school teachers has long been associated with the educational needs of boys, the importance of positive male role models in schools and the disproportionate number of male and female primary-school teachers internationally. However, little is known about whether or not parents and students actually want more male primary-school teachers and if they do, the reasons they have for wanting more. This paper addresses the under-representation of parents' and students' views by drawing from a study of the perspectives of 97 parents and 184 sixth-grade students from Sydney, Australia. Surveys and semi-structured focus group interviews with boys and girls, and their mothers and fathers revealed an overall perceived social need for more male primary-school teachers. In particular, the paper indicates that male primary-school teachers are considered important for boys; a view consistent with some extant research literature that does not include the views of parents or students. The paper further indicates that parents and students see male primary-school teachers as being beneficial to "girls"; a matter rarely discussed in any research literature irrespective of the stakeholder group studied.
Descriptors: Males, Elementary School Teachers, Gender Issues, Social Influences, Role Models, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Grade 6, Foreign Countries, Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Mothers, Fathers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia