ERIC Number: EJ1071887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
Gender Balance in ECEC: Why Is There so Little Progress?
Peeters, J.; Rohrmann, T.; Emilsen, K.
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v23 n3 p302-314 2015
Social attitudes about male participation in the upbringing of children have changed considerably over the past few decades. Men are now seen as important for children's development and learning. Research from many countries worldwide shows that in early childhood care and education (ECEC), male workers are welcomed by female colleagues and parents. In the last two decades there have been initiatives for more men in ECEC in several European countries. Nevertheless the proportion of male workers ECEC remains low worldwide. This article questions the persisting gender imbalance in ECEC and analyzes ambivalences regarding more men in the field. Based on recent gender theory, efforts and limits of strategies for more male students and workers in ECEC in Belgium, Norway and Germany are discussed. It is concluded that deeply held gendered attitudes and practices in the field of care and educational work with young children have to be put into question. More space in ECEC for embodied subjectivities is needed to overcome essentialist conceptions of differences between body and mind, women and men.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Males, Sex Fairness, Disproportionate Representation, Foreign Countries, Social Attitudes, Gender Bias, Comparative Education, Gender Issues
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Germany; Norway; Turkey