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Towards a measure of gender-related challenges faced by male primary teachers


Cruickshank, V and Pedersen, S and Cooley, PD and Hill, A, Towards a measure of gender-related challenges faced by male primary teachers, Australian Journal of Education, 62, (1) pp. 49-60. ISSN 0004-9441 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research

DOI: doi:10.1177/0004944117751440


Debate about teacher gender balance in primary education is a constant. This debate is fuelled by recommendations to increase recruitment and retainment of males into primary education. In parallel, 10-year trend data indicate a continual decrease in male primary school teachers. Although many factors contribute to the decreasing percentage of male primary teachers, one factor is the gender-related challenges they face in their profession. Previous research has identified some of these challenges; however, a limitation of these claims is contextual and individually bound data derived from qualitative research methods. Large-scale interventions have not been realised as current trends are unable to be generalised to the wider population of male primary teachers. Thus, the aim of this paper is to expand upon previous literature through discussing the development and validation of a scale which quantifies the gender-related challenges faced by male primary teachers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:challenges, male primary teachers, Rasch modelling, reliability, survey development, validity
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)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Cooley, PD (Associate Professor Dean Cooley)
ID Code:124943
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-03-20
Last Modified:2019-08-28

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