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Where are all the male teachers?


Cruickshank, V, Where are all the male teachers?, The Project, Channel 10, Australia, 17 October 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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Teaching has been in Ryan Nelsonís family for generations. When the Middle Park Primary School teacherís great-grandmother was in front of the classroom more than a century ago, she was one of the few female teachers. These days, the gender roles have very much reversed. "Since Iíve been at this school weíve had four male classroom teachers pretty much every single year, mind you thatís out of 22, so weíre definitely in the minority," he laughs. Across the country, the percentage of male teachers has dropped from more than 30 per cent in the early 1980s to just 18 per cent now. Ryan thinks that the low pay is one big reason why men are not in the profession Ė particularly if they are the sole breadwinner for their family. "You donít do teaching for the money," he says.

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:male primary teachers
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Gender, sexuality and education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Gender aspects in education
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
ID Code:121850
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-17
Last Modified:2017-11-24

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