ERIC Number: EJ721703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 60
It's Just Not a Real Bloke's Job: Male Teachers in the Primary School
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v33 n3 p321-338 Nov 2005
In recent years, there has been increasing academic debate concerning both the need for more male primary schoolteachers and the reasons for their minority status, numerically. Yet there has been relatively little heard from the men themselves. In this study the author used focus group discussions to investigate the views and experiences of practising male primary schoolteachers towards primary school teaching as a career. The focus questions included: the aspects which attracted them to primary school teaching; experiences which preceded their entry to teacher education; and the reaction to their choice from family and friends. The study concluded that a complex barrier of attitudes and actions would need to be addressed if the minority status of male teachers is to change.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Males, Career Choice, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand