Men in pink collars: stereotype threat and disengagement among male primary school teachers

Kjelsaas, Kathleen (2012). Men in pink collars: stereotype threat and disengagement among male primary school teachers Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kjelsaas, Kathleen
Thesis Title Men in pink collars: stereotype threat and disengagement among male primary school teachers
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Courtney von Hippel
Total pages 98
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary This study investigated whether male primary school teachers, as a gender minority, experience stereotype threat and whether this experience is associated with disengagement from teaching. It was predicted that male primary school teachers would experience significantly greater gender-related stereotype threat than their female colleagues and that experiencing this threat would be associated with more negative job attitudes, increased turnover intentions and greater intent to withdraw from stereotype-threatening situations. A total of 249 Australian primary teachers completed an online survey that assessed the degree of stereotype threat they experienced as well as their job attitudes and turnover intentions. They also read and responded to three teaching-related scenarios assessing situation-specific stereotype threat and its consequences for disengagement. As predicted, male teachers reported more gender-related stereotype threat than female teachers on a Chronic Stereotype Threat Scale. Experiencing stereotype threat was related to negative job attitudes for male teachers and to negative job attitudes and turnover intentions for female teachers. Additionally, negative job attitudes were found to mediate the direct effect of stereotype threat on turnover intentions for both male and female teachers. With regard to the stereotype-threatening scenarios, male teachers more readily attributed scenario events to their gender than female teachers, as predicted. The scenarios also provided some evidence that attributing negative events to gender may be associated with greater concern about the events and avoidance of similar future events. Explanations for these findings, as well as theoretical and practical implications are discussed along with directions for future research.
Keyword Stereotype threat
Male primary school teachers

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