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ERIC Number: EJ898711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Men in Your Teacher Preparation Program: Five Strategies to Recruit and Retain Them
Nelson, Bryan G.; Shikwambi, Shamani-Jeffrey
Young Children, v65 n3 p36-40 May 2010
In this article, the authors explore ways to welcome and support men who attend teacher education programs or who teach in early childhood programs or elementary schools. Some university education departments and early childhood education facilities unintentionally perpetuate cultural conditions that dissuade men from entering or remaining in their programs or the field. Many also unwittingly ignore the significant differences between men and women in higher education. Adjusting to gender differences requires faculty and staff to respond to men while neither perpetuating stereotypes nor limiting how men interact with children, such as not allowing men to change infants' diapers. It also requires awareness of the overlap of gender with class, race, sexual orientation, and other identities. Although challenging, there have been successes. Women have thrived in traditionally male programs when modifications were made to the program culture. Women now make up more than half of students graduating from medical and law schools in the United States. From their years of experience, the authors believe percentages of men graduating from early and elementary education universities and programs can increase with comparable culturally relevant modification for men in education. The authors present five strategies that are key in welcoming men to a university education program. These modifications are sometimes referred to as "wraparound services," because they require additional resources "wrapped around" the existing academic program. Most schools or early education programs can readily adapt and implement these services.
National Association for the Education of Young Children. 1313 L Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 22205-4101. Tel: 800-424-2460; Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-328-2649; e-mail: editorial@naeyc.org; Web site: http://journal.naeyc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A