Key Articles

Male Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Gendering of Teaching

Montecinos & Nielsen
In this article, we examine how prevailing and alternative conceptions of masculinity framed the ways in which 40 White, male, elementary preservice teachers constructed the meaning of teaching. The imperatives associated with maleness were recognizable through four metaphors frequently used to define teaching and themselves as teachers; to teach is as follows: (a) to be a male role model, (b) to be a sports coach, (c) to appeal to reason, and (d) to prepare oneself for occupations within the field of education that carry more status.

Primary school boys want more male teachers

Training and Development Agency for Schools - UK
Primary school boys are calling for more men to teach them, as new research reveals that many have never been taught by a male teacher.

The study, published today by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), finds that three-quarters (76 per cent) of boys aged eight to 11 are in favour of schools having teachers of both genders.

What is it to be a man?

by Jack Kammer
MenTeach: There is much discussion about men teachers being male role models. It's important to keep in mind that the idea of what "maleness" is - is constantly changing. Here is an excerpt from "Asking the Right Questions about Baltimore's African-American Underclass Men and Boys" by Jack Kammer

COMMONLY ACCEPTED OBJECTS AND ACTIVITIES THAT ONCE WERE THOUGHT UNMANLY

Does a male teachers deep voice make a difference in discipline?

[MenTeach: This discussion was posted to the ECEMen's list in July 2007. We thought it would be of interest to MenTeach readers.]

I am starting work on an article concerning gender differences and conceptions of classroom and behavior management in an ECE environment and I'm looking for some input.

Last year I was asked to step in and temporarily teach two different Head Start classes that had lost teachers mid year. Both classes had been without any real consistency or direction for weeks and the behavior challenges were many.

Can an employer require that only female staff change diapers?

Dianna Johnston - Assistant Legal Counsel - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
One of our readers provided the the link to the letter below offering a legal opinion about whether females can be the only staff that change diapers:

The Male Teacher and Reading Achievement of First-Grade Boys and Girls.

Elizabeth F. Cascario
This is a study from 1972.

Call Me Mister: South Carolina Program Trains Black Men to Become Schoolteachers and Role Models

by Ernest Holsendolph - Diverse Issues In Higher Education
Now seven years old, the Call Me Mister program has placed 20 Black male teachers in South Carolina schools.

So how are they doing?

About six years ago, Mark Joseph found something he had been seeking for some time: a sense of purpose. A native of Greenville, S.C., Joseph had been a standout football and basketball player in high school, but he lasted just one semester at the University of South Carolina. Realizing that he just wasn't ready to buckle down, he says he drifted.

Few Good Men: University Class, research look at lack of male early childhood teachers

Indiana University School of Education Alumni Association
New summer class offered

Early in his teaching career, Shaun Johnson felt odd about his career path. Already facing the challenges of any teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system, he said that during his year teaching, he constantly confronted his inner feelings. "Who am I to have chosen it?" Johnson asked himself. "What's different about me?"

National Education Report - Status of American Teachers (2000-2001)

National Education Association
NEAResearch has conducted surveys on the status of the American public school teacher every five years since 1956. The current report profiles the status of teachers for the school year 2000-2001. These surveys provide continuing data on the professional and personal characteristics of teachers, the current status of their teaching conditions, their attitudes toward the profession, and their community and civic activities.

Download the attachment below - it is the data in pdf format about men teachers from the study.

The Good, the Bad and the Few: Men In Child Care

by Shaun Becker
As a recent ECE graduate, I have an advantage when I look at my prospective child care career. On practicums in the field, I have observed some of the issues — both good and bad — unravelling around having a male caregiver in a child care centre. A men’s networking/support group, offered through the Manitoba Child Care Association, has given me insight into aspects of my career — both good and bad — that lie ahead. In North America, men typically represent less than five per cent of the child care field.
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