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ERIC Number: EJ1032254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Constructing Men Who Teach: Research into Care and Gender as Productive of the Male Primary Teacher
Pulsford, Mark
Gender and Education, v26 n3 p215-231 2014
This paper argues that in order to begin loosening the ties that bind care and gender in primary education, we need to re-examine the knowledge sought and found by educational research about teachers. The focus is primarily on how we understand men who teach. Through an examination of two scholarly texts -- Ashley, M., and J. Lee [2003. "Women Teaching Boys: Caring and Working in the Primary School." Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham] and King, J. [1998. "Uncommon Caring: Learning from Men Who Teach Young Children." New York: TCP] -- I argue that we must be mindful that our research can effectively produce and reiterate common-sense understandings of men that binds them to the hegemonic masculine ideal. It is argued that mixed-method qualitative research that untangles the layers of context influencing the lives of men who teach is important. The paper also suggests that the study of male teachers' emotions, as at once individual "and" social, and private and public, can disrupt the rational-emotional binary that cements care to gender and reveal new configurations of the gender order.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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