Males and early childhood care and education: student, staff and parent survey evidence

Quinn, Andrea and Lyons, Michael and Sumsion, Jennifer (2003) Males and early childhood care and education: student, staff and parent survey evidence. In: 11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association: Regulation, Deregulation and Re-regulation: the Scope of Employment Relations in the 21st Century , 8-11 Jul 2003, Greenwich, England.

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The early childhood care and education workforce is overwhelmingly female dominated. Males who choose a career in education have a greater attraction to working with older (secondary and primary) over younger (early childhood education) children. We examine reasons for this phenomenon by analysing survey responses of recent education degree graduates in Australia. We also report analysis of purpose designed surveys of first-year university students, staff employed in early childhood services, and parents of children attending children's services centres in NSW. Our preliminary results failed to detect stereotypical gender attitudes as barriers to increased male participation in the workforce. While this is an encouraging result in terms of recruitment, the characteristics of the industry mean that the problem could shift to one of retention of male staff, given the resilience of the 'male breadwinnner' concept in society.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2010 07:36
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood; male participation; workforce participation; gender attitudes
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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