Key Articles

Male elementary teacher candidates: A narrative perspective on their initial career choice

by Jon Bradley - McGill University - Canada
ABSTRACT. Do male teachers have a place in the elementary school? While several research and societal traditions suggest that males should be represented in the elementary classroom, contemporary demographic data dramatically indicate that few males are entering elementary education. Via an initial narrative exploration, a group of beginning male teacher candidates share their thoughts on their own initial career choices and speculate on their professional place in the elementary classroom.

MenTeach on national New Zealand Television

After presenting at the 4th Annual Men in Early Childhood Education New Zealand conference I had the opportunity to appear on TV3 a national morning show (thanks for arranging that Adam Buckingham!). By the way, I had special bumper stickers made for NZ because in certain parts of the world diapers are called nappies.

Here is the clip.

Research Articles: Early childhood textbook images reflect "rules" for male teachers

Early Childhood Research and Practice
Men represent roughly 2% of all teachers in preschool and kindergarten classrooms in the United States, and that number may be declining. Researchers have argued that the dearth of male teachers is related in multiple complex ways to the feminized nature of ECED teaching.

Boys want male teachers

Maine Boys Network
Jack Kammer, who created The Center for Men and Boys in Social Policy forwarded a new study that comes from the Maine Boys Network has come out with The Gender Divide in Academic Achievement (2008) that interviewed boys about their attitude about schoo

Where Are the Men? Promoting Gender Diversity in the Massachusetts Early Childhood Workforce

2008 CAYL Schott Fellows
A group from the 2008 Community Advocates for Young Learners (CAYL) has developed a policy brief about men teachers. It is the first of it's kind in Massachusett's and offers ideas about the importance of gender diversity in education.

CAYL is directed by Valora Washington, PhD.