Key Articles

Nurturing Men

by Maja Beckstrom - Pioneer Press
Bryan Nelson wants to see more men on the playground and in the classroom.

Two-year-old Emme Sugnet's feet came out from under her at the top of a playground slide. She slid a couple feet flat on her back wearing that puzzled look toddlers get when trying to decide if they're wounded. Then she burst into tears. "I want my mommy!" she cried.

Bryan Nelson scooped her up and held her close.

"I know you do," he murmured. "Of course you do."

Does Gender Make a Difference? First results from the German ‘tandem study’ of female and male ECE workers

Paper presented on the international conference “Men in early childhood education and care”, Berlin 2012
[MenTeach: At the international conference Men in early childhood education and care” in Berlin 2012 I had the opportunity to talk with both Dr. Holger Brandes and Markus Andrä about their research. Dr. Brandes presentation (in German with English interpreters) was both interesting and engaging. You'll want to download the entire paper and watch for future results.]

Alternative Teacher Training Programs Better at Attracting Male and Minority Trainees

by Jennifer Cohen - Ed Money Watch
Teacher training and quality has long been a topic of discussion among policymakers, especially as states have expanded access to alternative teacher training programs outside of traditional schools of education. While many remain skeptical about the effectiveness and worth of such programs, 45 states have implemented alternative routes to certification and 11 percent of teacher trainees attend such programs.

Fathers would be more involved if there were more male staff

A survey with results from nearly 500 Minnesota fathers and 250 early childhood education professionals and practitioners reveals key findings:

98% Parents welcome men into childcare

by Anna Davis, Education Correspondent - London Evening Standard
Almost all parents would be happy for their children to be looked after by male nursery workers, new research shows.

There has been a "sea change" in attitudes since a survey six years ago found that only 55 per cent of parents accepted the idea of men working with their children.

Parents voice overwhelming support for more men in childcare

By Janaki Mahadevan - Children & Young People Now
Parental opinion on male childcarers is warming after a survey by a group of major nursery providers found 98 per cent of parents are in favour of men looking after their children.

The Major Providers' Group, made up of 14 of the largest nursery chains in the UK, has found that the vast majority of the 1,200 parents questioned would be happy for men to work with children aged three to five in day nurseries.

Council of European Union Recommends Increasing the Percentage of Male Teachers in ECE

MenTeach: The Council of European Union's conclusions on early childhood education and care: providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow:

Male Teachers Get Top Marks: Children have a better perception of male teachers

by Zoe McKay -
In today's world, as taxpayers everywhere are concerned over paying for schools, it comes as a shock to see that, according to new findings by Amine Ouazad, an Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science at INSEAD, one of the most effective ways to get students to listen and work hard is to put a male teacher at the front of the classroom.

2 male teachers sue School District, claim gender-bias

by Brian Bowling - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two male teachers in the Steel Valley School District filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday, claiming the district hired them at a lower salary than female teachers with similar experience.

The lawsuit says school officials told Clay Karadus of Munhall and Steven A. Large of Elizabeth Township that the district's policy is to hire teachers at the bottom rung of the pay scale.

Pupils make more effort with male teachers as they are seen as 'more fair'

by Daily Mail Reporter
Pupils try harder for male teachers, according to an official study.

They make more effort to please them, display greater self-esteem and are more likely to believe they are being treated fairly.

The findings are particularly significant as more than a quarter of primary schools do not have a single male teacher.
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