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Moosa, Shaaista; Bhana, Deevia – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
In South Africa there are few male teachers in the Foundation Phase (FP) of schooling, where children are aged between five and nine. FP teaching is traditionally considered to be a 'woman's job' and essentialist gender discourses play a central role in impeding men's participation in the profession. These discourses are based on polarised…
Descriptors: Masculinity, Males, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers
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Cloughessy, Kathy – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
Lesbian parents shared their experiences of using Early Childhood settings in Australia. Aspects discussed included disclosure decisions, the usefulness of children's books featuring same sex parented families, and experiences related to their family composition. Via an online survey and two follow up interviews, these parents explained how…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Females, Parents, Early Childhood Education
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Josephidou, Jo – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
There is a persistent suggestion that the lack of men who choose to work with young children (0-5 years) is detrimental to children's learning and development. This study analysed whether practitioners believed that men who work with young children adopt specific approaches within a play pedagogy. Practitioner beliefs about how their gender…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Young Children, Child Development, Gender Bias
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Xu, Yuwei – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
This paper discusses whether practitioners' gender subjectivities influence pedagogies and practices in early years education and care (EYEC) settings and whether an increase of men's participation can improve gender diversity in EYEC. It draws on poststructuralist theories, understanding gender as the product/outcome of the social formation of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education
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Warin, Jo; Price, Deborah – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
The paper marks the growth of interest in transgender rights and argues for the value of transgender awareness as a challenge to gender binary thinking. It identifies early years education as a powerful site for a focus on gender non-conformity and aims to draw together theoretical and practical forms of support for the EYE staff who respond to…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Social Bias, Gender Issues, Early Childhood Education
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Andrä, Markus – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
Based on videodata of play situations between children and professionals, a qualitative analysis of gender socialisation of boys in German EEC (Early Education and Care) institutions has been conducted. The theoretical and methodological framework of this research is an attempt to describe gender identity as an interactional phenomenon, which is…
Descriptors: Males, Child Caregivers, Early Childhood Education, Child Care
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Rohrmann, Tim – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
This paper gives an overview of international developments towards gender balance in the ECEC workforce in the last three decades. Research results on the role of male and female ECEC professionals and strategies for recruiting more men are reflected against goals of gender diversity and equality. As the overview shows, attitudes towards male…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Disproportionate Representation, Males, Educational Change
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Osgood, Jayne; Mohandas, Sid – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
This paper attempts to open out investigations in ECEC by working beyond anthropocentric accounts of gender. Drawing upon feminist new materialist philosophies we ask whether it might be possible to reconfigure ideas about gender that recognise it as produced through everyday processes and material-affective entanglements. In order to do this, we…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Gender Differences, Montessori Method, Teacher Characteristics
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Brody, David L.; Gor Ziv, Haggith – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
This article examines men's career decisions in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) using feminist post-structural agency theory that postulates a hybridization of 'male' and 'female' agentic factors. Anzaldúa's concept of "new mestiza" provides a theoretical foundation. The research focuses on the careers of three veteran male…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Males, Career Choice, Decision Making
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Cousins, Thomas Anthony – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2020
Attempting to encourage and retain male primary school teachers can lead to the 'glass escalator' phenomenon, the fast-tracked advancement that men receive in gender-atypical work. Currently, in primary schools, males are disproportionately represented in management positions making up 35% of senior staff, while conversely only making up 15% of…
Descriptors: Collegiality, Role Models, Teaching Methods, Males
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Atatoa Carr, Polly E.; Reese, Elaine; Bird, Amy L.; Bandara, Dinusha K.; Grant, Cameron C.; Morton, Susan M. B. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Infants are increasingly cared for by adults other than their parents. Here we describe non-parental infant care within a diverse cohort; and investigate the relationship between parents' antenatal intentions and actual infant care. 6822 New Zealand women were recruited during pregnancy and asked about their intentions for childcare. Non-parental…
Descriptors: Infants, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education
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Ólafsdóttir, Sara M.; Einarsdóttir, Jóhanna – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
Play is an important part of early childhood education and has been defined from different perspectives and paradigms. However, definitions of play have been studied more from adults' perspectives than from those of children themselves. This ethnographic research, with children aged three to five years and built on sociological constructs, will…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Play
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Simon, Antonia – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
OECD countries have established statistical collections to ensure quality within Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Focusing on one part of ECEC -- preschool 'childcare services' -- this paper critically reviews statistical collections specifically designed to measure childcare patterns in England alongside UK data collected for other…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Schachter, Rachel E.; Strang, Tara M.; Piasta, Shayne B. – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study used an embedded mixed method design to examine teachers' experiences with a state-mandated kindergarten readiness assessment during its inaugural year. Participants were 143 kindergarten teachers from one county in a Midwestern state. In general, teachers did not perceive the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as useful for one of its…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children, School Readiness
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Degotardi, Sheila; Gill, Amy – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2019
This study examined infant educators' beliefs about infant language development in the context of early childhood classrooms. Participants were 59 educators who were employed to work directly with under-two-year-old children. Educators were interviewed to determine their understandings of infant language development and Grounded Theory qualitative…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Grounded Theory, Language Acquisition, Preschool Education
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