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October 2021

Male Teachers in Feminised Teaching Areas: marching to the beat of the men's movement drums?

Author(s): Mills, M.

Journal/Book: Oxford Rev Educ. 2000; 26: Rankine Rd, Basingstoke Rg24 8Pr, Hants, England. Carfax Publishing. 221-237.

Abstract: Calls for more male teachers are prevalent in current gender debates in education. A dominant argument in this debate is that boys are often alienated from school because of a lack of male role models in feminised areas of the school curriculum and in primary schools. Little research has investigated male teachers' accounts of their work within feminised environments. Drawing on data collected in two research studies in music education, this paper focuses on accounts given by male teachers about (a) practices adopted specifically to work with boys and (b) the role of the male music teacher. Analysis of these data suggests that some male teachers working in feminised areas of the school curriculum adopt practices which, rather than challenging dominant constructions of masculinity, sometimes reinforce gender stereotypical behaviours in boys. We argue that calls for increasing the number of male teachers in feminised areas of schooling need also to be informed by open discussion of the underlying assumptions about masculinity which teachers themselves bring to their work.

Note: Article Mills M, Univ Queensland, Grad Sch Educ, Brisbane, Qld 4072, AUSTRALIA


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