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An exploratory study of gender and male teachers in early childhood education and care centres in China

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This paper explores the impact of gender on the employment of men in early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres through the voices of male and female Early Childhood Teachers (ECTs) working in China. Gender imbalance in the ECEC workforce is a global phenomenon, and little has been researched about it in countries such as China. This study was based on online interviews with 16 ECTs from three major cities in China. Findings indicated that ECTs’ perceptions conformed largely with traditional gender stereotypes in Chinese culture. Western expectations that men’s participation in ECEC could challenge traditional gender stereotypes and promote gender diversity were not reflected in either Chinese academic literature reviewed or the participants’ views captured in this research. The appreciation of masculinity in Chinese culture and implied disadvantages are considered within a global context of empowering women and girls.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Early online date17 May 2017
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 17 May 2017

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  • An exploratory study of gender and male teachers in early childhood education and care centres in China

    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education on 17/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057925.2017.1318355.

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