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ERIC Number: EJ770794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
The "Right Kind of Man": The Ambiguities of Regendering the Early Years School Environment--The Case of England and Wales
Jones, Deborah
Early Child Development and Care, v173 n6 p565-575 Dec 2003
This article considers the issue of recruitment of men into primary teaching, with particular reference to the early years of schooling. The latest UK statistics reveal that there are 27,000 male primary teachers and 141,000 females. However there are disproportionately greater numbers of male head teachers. The presence of men in this environment is perceived as crucial. The public discourse, then, calls for more men to function as role models and this paper examines the different voices within this discourse. It also surveys the initiatives taken by the UK government and the Teacher Training Agency as part of the recruitment drive to secure more men in the primary sector. The second part of the article presents research undertaken with female teachers. It explores their perceptions and experiences of male teachers at key stage one. Women suggest that rather than recruiting men as a group, what is needed is the "right kind of man". This paper considers this notion and concludes that there needs to be greater clarity within the public discourse as to the meaning of male role models and the need for more men working with young children. The voice of female teachers is currently absent from the public discourse. Given their knowledge and experience, women can offer a significant contribution to policy and should have the opportunity to be heard.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)