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How do pre-service male primary teachers cope with gender related challenges?


Cruickshank, V and Kerby, M and Baguley, M, How do pre-service male primary teachers cope with gender related challenges?, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 46, (5) pp. 74-88. ISSN 1835-517X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.202v46n1.5


Male teachers are a minority in both primary teacher training courses and in primary schools around the world. Education research has identified numerous gender-related challenges faced by male primary teachers during their initial teacher training and later when teaching in schools. Despite noting that many males leave teacher training because of these challenges, researchers have spent much less time investigating strategies to assist men cope with them and persist in the profession. This paper aims to help address this gap through an investigation of the challenges pre-service male primary teachers face during their teacher training and identifying practical coping strategies. Findings revealed that the most difficult challenges faced by participants were those concerning physical contact and social isolation. Participants appeared to use a range of functional and dysfunctional coping strategies to deal with these challenges.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:male primary teachers, pre-service teachers, coping strategies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Primary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Primary education
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
ID Code:145056
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-06-28
Last Modified:2021-11-01

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