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Male primary school teachers, masculinity and identity work in regional Australia


Palmer, C and Cruickshank, V and Drummond, M and Reid, D, Male primary school teachers, masculinity and identity work in regional Australia, Sport Education and Society, 25, (3) pp. 261-273. ISSN 1357-3322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13573322.2019.1578207


This paper reports on the experiences of male primary school teachers in regional Australia. Drawing on 53 open-ended survey responses and interviews undertaken with five male teachers in Tasmania, the paper analyses their perspectives of their work and roles, and the additional labour of ‘career identity work’ through sport. For the men in this study, these additional roles find their antecedents in particular constructions of hegemonic masculinity where, on the one hand, they are expected to be ‘tough disciplinarians’ and, on the other, assumed to be ‘soft’ or ‘sinister’ for wanting to work with young children. Sport provided a safe context through which to manage such perceptions of their professional identity. Our study of teacher identities has wider significance for educators and policy makers to assist them understand and address the problem of low levels of recruitment and retention of male primary school teachers in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sport, teachers, masculinity
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
UTAS Author:Reid, D (Dr Donald Reid)
ID Code:130845
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-16
Last Modified:2021-01-19

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