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Fun guy and possible perpetrator: an interview study of how men are positioned within early childhood education and care
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (PEPP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6016-4416
Karlstads universitet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8019-2396
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2019 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 95-115Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many countries call for more men to be teachers in early childhood education and care (ECEC). In Sweden, the issue has been discussed since the early 1970s, but despite these discussions there is little Swedish research that examines the notions and expectations associated with male teachers. International research has found that perceptions of men in ECEC can be very ambivalent and that physical contact between the male educator and children is a sensitive issue. By focusing on the interaction between educators and children, the purpose of this study is to investigate gender-specific beliefs about male preschool teachers. The empirical material consists of interviews with 50 informants. Of these, 17 are men and 33 are women. The results show that “the fun guy” and “the possible perpetrator” are two gender-specific positions that male informants are subjected to. The article discusses how men take up and resist the two positions, and argues for the need to further challenge gendered stereotypes in preschools.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2019. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 95-115
Keywords [en]
Men in early years (ECEC); masculinity; preschool teachers; gendered expectations
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81523DOI: 10.1080/20004508.2018.1492844Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063608637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81523DiVA, id: diva2:1300853
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-2121]Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved

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