Males and early childhood care and education: student, staff and parent survey evidence

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Quinn, Andrea, Lyons, Michael and Sumsion, Jennifer. 2003. "Males and early childhood care and education: student, staff and parent survey evidence." White, Geoff, Corby, Susan and Stanworth, Celia (ed.) 11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association: Regulation, Deregulation and Re-regulation: the Scope of Employment Relations in the 21st Century . Greenwich, England 08 - 11 Jul 2003 Sydney, Australia.
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Males and early childhood care and education: student, staff and parent survey evidence

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsQuinn, Andrea (Author), Lyons, Michael (Author) and Sumsion, Jennifer (Author)
EditorsWhite, Geoff, Corby, Susan and Stanworth, Celia
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association
Journal Citation2, pp. 575-596
Number of Pages22
Year2003
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN1861662025
Conference/Event11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association: Regulation, Deregulation and Re-regulation: the Scope of Employment Relations in the 21st Century
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11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association: Regulation, Deregulation and Re-regulation: the Scope of Employment Relations in the 21st Century
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International Employment Relations Association Conference
Event Date
08 to end of 11 Jul 2003
Event Location
Greenwich, England
Abstract

The early childhood care and education workforce is overwhelmingly female dominated. Males who choose a career in education have a greater attraction to working with older (secondary and primary) over younger (early childhood education) children. We examine reasons for this phenomenon by analysing survey responses of recent education degree graduates in Australia. We also report analysis of purpose designed surveys of first-year university students, staff employed in early childhood services, and parents of children attending children's services centres in NSW. Our preliminary results failed to detect stereotypical gender attitudes as barriers to increased male participation in the workforce. While this is an encouraging result in terms of recruitment, the characteristics of the industry mean that the problem could shift to one of retention of male staff, given the resilience of the 'male breadwinnner' concept in society.

Keywordsearly childhood; male participation; workforce participation; gender attitudes
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 Queensland
University of Western Sydney
Macquarie University
Book TitleRegulation and de-regulation: the scope of employment relations in the 21st century: Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association. University of Greenwich, England, July 2003
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