Why are there still so few men within Early Years in primary schools: views from male trainee teachers and male leaders?

Mistry, M. and Sood, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-0617-8614, 2014. Why are there still so few men within Early Years in primary schools: views from male trainee teachers and male leaders? Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education. ISSN 0300-4279

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Abstract

One of the challenges facing the Early Years (EY) sector is how to encourage more male practitioners to counterbalance a largely feminised workforce. Using case studies of male trainees at different stages of their primary undergraduate Initial Teacher Training course at one university, we attempt to consider data why there is underrepresentation of men within the leadership strata in EY settings. Questionnaires and interviews were conducted with the male sample groups and male leaders in primary schools to gain an overview regarding gender stereotyping. Our findings suggest that male trainees enjoy working in the EY sector, but they need mentoring by strong leaders to help them overcome the perceived contextual barriers of male stereotypes in that setting. In conclusion, we consider some of these barriers of stereotypes, attitudes, values, beliefs existing and the actions needed in addressing such stereotypes if a long-lasting change is to happen.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education
Creators: Mistry, M. and Sood, K.
Publisher: Routledge for the Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE)
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2014
ISSN: 0300-4279
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10.1080/03004279.2012.759607DOI
Rights: © 2013 ASPE
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:47
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21911

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