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ERIC Number: EJ788491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Nice and Kind, Smart and Funny: What Children Like and Want to Emulate in Their Teachers
Hutchings, Merryn; Carrington, Bruce; Francis, Becky; Skelton, Christine; Read, Barbara; Hall, Ian
Oxford Review of Education, v34 n2 p135-157 Apr 2008
In many western countries, government statements about the need to recruit more men to primary teaching are frequently supported by references to the importance of male teachers as role models for boys. The suggestion is that boys will both achieve better and behave better when taught by male teachers, because they will identify with them and want to emulate their behavior. However, this has not been supported by research evidence. This paper draws on data from an ESRC-funded project involving interviews with 307 7-8 year old children in England (half taught by male and half by female teachers). Focusing on gender, it analyses children's responses about their relationships with their teachers and about figures that they would like to emulate (both in school and outside). (Contains 11 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)