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Missing Men in Education

Paperback
July 2006
9781858563442
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    18th July 2006
  • ISBN 9781858563442
  • Language English
  • Pages 186 pp.
  • Size 5.75" x 8.75"
  • Images graphs
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This book reports on the ten years’ research by the authors into men in teaching. There is much concern about boys’ underachievement in schools compared to girls. But attributing this to the dearth of men in teaching is based on assumption and panic and not on hard fact. Here at last is research based evidence on the impact of men’s presence or absence and their role in this predominantly female profession.

The book presents a historical perspective on whether and how the lack of men in teaching significantly affects boys’ learning and behavior in school. It considers the complexity of male teacher subjectivities and identities and maps the origins, motivations, and career trajectories of men teachers as compared to women. It thus informs professional and public understanding of gender issues in teaching and their effect on pupils’ learning and on the profession itself. The conclusions have important implications for future policies on recruitment, retention, and career progression.

"Missing Men in Education" is for teachers and lecturers across all sectors, school governors and managers at all levels, careers advisers, government departments and policymakers, teacher trainers--and anyone concerned to get beyond public rhetoric and knee-jerk initiatives.

"The book is an excellent resource for understanding male students in education programmes and male teachers in primary grades in the UK. The book is composed of timely information and current research that will resonate with advisers in schools of education, especially elementary education in the United States."

- National Academic Advising Association – NACADA

"…well written, clear and provides a straightforward analysis of why men are missing that would provide a useful text for teachers, students and lecturers in education."

- Gender in Education

"The book is an excellent resource for understanding male students in education programmes and male teachers in primary grades in the UK. The book is composed of timely information and current research that will resonate with advisers in schools of education, especially elementary education in the United States."

- National Academic Advising Association – NACADA

Introduction; 1) The Public Panic; 2) Explanations of Gender Differences; 3) Myths and Reality; 4) Teaching as a Career Choice: why not for men?; 5) Getting In; 6) Getting Through; 7) Getting On; ) Getting Out; 9) Contradictions and Constraints; Notes; Appendix: Details of research; References, Index.

Mary Thornton

Mary Thornton is Assistant Director, Learning and Teaching, at the University of Hertfordshire.

Patricia Bricheno

Patricia Bricheno is Research Associate in Education at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Research Fellow at Hertfordshire.