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ERIC Number: EJ857200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
The Attitudes of Male Student Teachers towards a Career in Special Education
Purdy, Noel
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v24 n3 p323-330 Aug 2009
This study considers the reasons why so few male student teachers are entering the special education sector. This comes as recent statistics reveal that the percentage of male teaching staff in special education in Northern Ireland is much lower than in England. The article first critically considers the international literature on male students' perceptions of entering the teaching profession. The study then examines the opinions of the post-primary student cohort at one major initial teacher education institution in Northern Ireland and contrasts male and female responses in terms of students' confidence in their knowledge of special educational needs and their relative willingness to consider specialising in this area. The study reveals significant differences in the cohort between male and female students' perceptions, and through individual interviews it explores further the reasons why male students are reluctant to specialise in special educational needs. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)