ERIC Number: EJ1071914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Construction of Masculine Identity among Men Who Work with Young Children, an International Perspective
Brody, David L.
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v23 n3 p351-361 2015
Because professionalism in early childhood education and care (ECEC) is measured by standards relating to caring, men in the field are often held to expectations associated with female behaviors. This research examines the tensions arising from this encounter and explores alternative solutions which male ECEC workers around the world have generated when facing of their challenged masculinity. This study employed observations and narrative interviews of men in six countries, relying on grounded theory to thematically analyse the data. Findings show multiple components of teachers' masculine identities: charisma, initiative, daring, and playfulness combined with attention to the children's needs. Their commitment to teaching, combined with an intense interest in children's well-being, enabled them to incorporate a strong masculine identity with appropriate professional goals. This study suggests that early childhood leaders re-examine gender roles by reconsidering the traditional gender dichotomy paradigm.
Descriptors: Males, Masculinity, Self Concept, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Caring, Child Care, Interviews, Sex Role, Gender Differences, Career Choice, Teacher Attitudes, Grounded Theory, Cross Cultural Studies, Well Being, Professional Identity, Kindergarten, Clothing, Play, Qualitative Research, Observation, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; Netherlands; Norway; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States