Entrances and exits: changing perceptions of primary teaching as a career for men

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The number of men in teaching has always been small, particularly in early childhood, but those that do come into teaching usually do so for the same reasons as women, namely enjoyment of working with children, of wanting to teach and wanting to make a difference to children's lives. However, in two separate studies, the authors have shown that on beginning teacher training in 1998, and at the point of leaving the profession in 2005, men and women tend to emphasise different concerns. This article will explore those differences and seek possible explanations for how men's views of teaching might be changing over time.

Keywords: Male teachers; Primary teaching; Teacher status

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430802352087

Affiliations: University of Hertfordshire, UK

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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