Attracting, recruiting and retaining male teachers: policy issues in the male teacher debate

Mills, Martin, Martino, Wayne and Lingard, Bob (2004) Attracting, recruiting and retaining male teachers: policy issues in the male teacher debate. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 25 3: 355-369. doi:10.1080/0142569042000216990

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Author Mills, Martin
Martino, Wayne
Lingard, Bob
Title Attracting, recruiting and retaining male teachers: policy issues in the male teacher debate
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-5692
1465-3346
Publication date 2004-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0142569042000216990
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 355
End page 369
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
330103 Sociology of Education
749905 Gender aspects of education
Abstract Frequent calls for more male teachers are being made in English-speaking countries. Many of these calls are based upon the fact that the teaching profession has become (even more) 'feminized' and the presumption that this has had negative effects for the education of boys. The employment of more male teachers is sometimes suggested as a way to re-masculinize schools so they become more 'boy-friendly' and thus contribute to improving boys' school performance. The focus of this paper is on an Australian education policy document in the state of Queensland that is concerned with the attraction, recruitment and retention of male teachers in the government education system. It considers the failure of this document, as with many of the calls for more male teachers, to take into account complex matters of gender raised by feminism and the sociology of masculinities. The paper then critiques the primary argument given for the need for more male teachers: that is, that male teachers provide boys with much needed role models.
Keyword Educational research
Sociology
Men
Education
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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