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ERIC Number: EJ1071886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Questioning Methodologies in Research on Men in ECEC
Rohrmann, Tim; Brody, David
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v23 n3 p405-416 2015
Research that elucidates the complexities of gender balance is itself a controversial field. This article examines challenges and limitations in quantitative as well as qualitative research on gender balance in early childhood education and care (ECEC). Cross country comparisons of male and female participation in the ECEC workforce are often flawed by discrepant categorization of workers, professional positions, and qualifications. Detailed data analysis demonstrates that regional and organizational differences of incidence of male workers often belie the national averages. The purported phenomenon of men rising quickly to managerial positions is discussed and data supporting this thesis is challenged by carefully unpacking statistics used in this discourse. Interview data adds a motivational perspective indicating a lack of interest in such career advancement by men and women. Research on differences between male and female modes of caring and professional practice are examined and shown to be flawed by lack of observational data and by researcher bias based on gender and attitudes. Conclusions indicate a need for gender mixed research teams to openly discuss and deal with their a priori assumptions in order to objectify research outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Denmark; Germany; Norway