ERIC Number: EJ1051611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Why Are There Still so Few Men within Early Years in Primary Schools: Views from Male Trainee Teachers and Male Leaders?
Mistry, Malini; Sood, Krishan
Education 3-13, v43 n2 p115-127 2015
One of the challenges facing the Early Years (EY) sector is how to encourage more male practitioners to counterbalance a largely feminised workforce. Using case studies of male trainees at different stages of their primary undergraduate Initial Teacher Training course at one university, we attempt to consider data why there is under-representation of men within the leadership strata in EY settings. Questionnaires and interviews were conducted with the male sample groups and male leaders in primary schools to gain an overview regarding gender stereotyping. Our findings suggest that male trainees enjoy working in the EY sector, but they need mentoring by strong leaders to help them overcome the perceived contextual barriers of male stereotypes in that setting. In conclusion, we consider some of these barriers of stereotypes, attitudes, values, beliefs existing and the actions needed in addressing such stereotypes if a long-lasting change is to happen.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Males, Trainees, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Questionnaires, Interviews, Sex Stereotypes, Gender Differences, Disproportionate Representation, Student Teacher Attitudes, Barriers, Change Strategies, Beliefs, Vocational Interests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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