Gender, the labour market, the workplace and policy in children's services: parent, staff and student attitudes

Lyons, Michael and Quinn, Andrea and Sumsion, Jennifer (2005) Gender, the labour market, the workplace and policy in children's services: parent, staff and student attitudes. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 30 (1). pp. 6-13. ISSN 0312-5033


This paper reports the attitudes of parents, staff and teacher education students towards the employment of men in the children's services 'industry'. The attitudinal survey questions were grouped around four distinct issues: gender roles, labour market behaviour, workplace behaviour and policy. Surprisingly, all three stakeholder groups surveyed expressed similar views on the four issues. While the results suggest that attitudes are not an impediment to increasing the number of male workers, they also suggest recruitment strategies need to be cognisant of both the potential advantages and disadvantages of a more gender-balanced workforce. The findings question policies based on the need to have male 'role models' in children's services.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavailable.
Depositing User: Dr Andrea Quinn
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2010 12:12
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2014 06:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: children's services; male workers; gender issues in early childhood
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education

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