This stimulating book sets out to critically explore the notion of men, masculinities and teaching in early childhood education. It addresses the global pattern of gender, teaching and care where men are in the minority, and explores the notion that the greater involvement of men within teaching and associated professions has the potential to transform gender relations for future generations.
International contributors raise critical questions about the construction of masculinities, the continuing reluctance of men to engage in this type of work, and the influence of political and public debates on the issue. Through this engaging discussion readers are asked to question whether this is something that we should care about, with key topics including:
The roles of men in education and care
Teachers' beliefs, norms and values of gender equality
The construction of male identities
Gendered ideals, and children's interpretations of gender.
Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education brings together a refreshing and critical set of perspectives linked to an increasingly important educational debate and will be a valuable text for practitioners, professionals, policy makers and parents/carers.
Simon Brownhill is a Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK. Jo Warin is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK. Inga Wernersson is Professor of Educational Research at University West, Sweden.
Introduction Jo Warin and Inga Wernersson SECTION ONE: POLICY, LEGISLATION AND PERSPECTIVES More men? Swedish arguments over four decades about 'missing men' in ECE and care Inga Wernersson Male role models in education (0-8) - a English perspective Simon Brownhill Children's interpretive reproduction of gender conscious didactic agendas in a Swedish pre-school Annica Loefdahl and Maria Hjalmarsson The Ballad of the Big Manly Guy: Male and female teachers construct the gendered careworker in US early education contexts Christine Mallozzi and Sally Campbell Galman SECTION TWO: YOUNG CHILDREN: GENDER, LEARNING AND CARE Big and muscular boys: Teaching of normality in pre-school through food and eating Anette Hellmann Gender in pre-school and child-centred ideologies Vina Adriany Teachers' beliefs, norms and values of gender equality in pre-schools Ingrid Granbom SECTION THREE: GENDERED PROFESSIONAL IDENTITIES AND PRACTICE Pioneers, Professionals, Playmates, Protectors, `Poofs' and `Paedos': Swedish male pre-school teachers' construction of their identities Jo Warin Being Professional: Norms relating to male pre-school teachers in Japanese kindergartens and nurseries Anette Hellman, Chie Nakazawa and Kiyomi Kuramochi Gendered ideals and sports coaching: reflections on the male as `the centre' of sports in relation to child sports Karin Grahn Conclusions Inga Wernersson and Jo Warin with Simon Brownhill Index