ERIC Number: EJ882291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Male Primary School Teachers: Helping or Hindering a Move to Gender Equity?
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n5 p1211-1218 Jul 2010
Despite research linking dominant masculinities to the disengagement of some boys from schooling, men teachers appear to be either unaware of the related literature, or reluctant to engage in behaviours that have increased their vulnerability to accusations of sexual abuse or homosexuality. A small study of men teachers in England, Sweden and New Zealand investigated the extent to which the men believed their teacher education had prepared them to teach in the gendered environment of the primary school. Teachers were also questioned about their views on gender differences in students and in the teaching practices of male and female teachers. Although the size of the study restricts the validity of data, the differences between the teachers in England and New Zealand, and those interviewed in Sweden, suggest that further research is warranted. A societal emphasis on gender equity in Sweden was reflected in the commentaries of Swedish men teachers on their pedagogical attitudes and actions relative to gender-based issues in schools. This emphasis was not evident to the same extent in England and New Zealand.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Foreign Countries, Homosexuality, Sex Fairness, Gender Differences, Males, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Gender Issues, Females, Social Environment, Comparative Analysis, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Educational Environment, Masculinity, Sex Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; Sweden; United Kingdom (England)