Gender, the labour market, the workplace and policy in children's services: parent, staff and student attitudes

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Lyons, Michael, Quinn, Andrea and Sumsion, Jennifer. 2005. "Gender, the labour market, the workplace and policy in children's services: parent, staff and student attitudes." Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 30 (1), pp. 6-13.
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Gender, the labour market, the workplace and policy in children's services: parent, staff and student attitudes

ERA Journal ID20168
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLyons, Michael (Author), Quinn, Andrea (Author) and Sumsion, Jennifer (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Early Childhood
Journal Citation30 (1), pp. 6-13
Number of Pages8
Year2005
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISSN0312-5033
Abstract

This paper reports the attitudes of parents, staff and teacher education students towards the employment of men in the children's services 'industry'. The attitudinal survey questions were grouped around four distinct issues: gender roles, labour market behaviour, workplace behaviour and policy. Surprisingly, all three stakeholder groups surveyed expressed similar views on the four issues. While the results suggest that attitudes are not an impediment to increasing the number of male workers, they also suggest recruitment strategies need to be cognisant of both the potential advantages and disadvantages of a more gender-balanced workforce. The findings question policies based on the need to have male 'role models' in children's services.

Keywordschildren's services; male workers; gender issues in early childhood
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
390302. Early childhood education
390406. Gender, sexuality and education
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Western Sydney
University of Queensland
Macquarie University
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