1st Edition

Exploring Career Trajectories of Men in the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Why They Leave and Why They Stay

Edited By David L. Brody, Kari Emilsen, Tim Rohrmann, Jo Warin Copyright 2021
    238 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The role of men in early childhood education and care is crucial for the future of all children growing up in a gender sensitive world. Achieving greater diversity and gender balance in the workforce has proved a challenging goal, despite concerted efforts on the part of individuals, institutions, and governments around the world. Many men remain reluctant to enter the profession, and once they choose this work many leave. This book explores how men in the field make their career decisions to remain in or leave the profession.

    Taking a broad international perspective and exploring the role of gender in these career decisions, contributors from around the globe unpack how gender concepts influence men’s career trajectories. Through their collaborative research, the team of 17 gender and early childhood researchers investigate various critical and relevant factors such as professionalisation, workplace environment, leadership, day to day interactions in the workplace, societal considerations, internal motivations, agency, masculinities, and critical moments in career decision making. Using cultural, racial, ethnic, and social class lenses to examine men’s career decisions over their professional lives, the contributors’ unique approach uncovers the complexity of the issue and offers evidence-based recommendations for policy both on national and local levels. These include practical suggestions to directors and managers who care about achieving a gender-mixed workforce.

    Accessible and enlightening, this is a unique resource for scholars, policymakers, and any others in the education community who support boosting the inclusion of men in early childhood education.

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    David L. Brody, Kari Emilsen,, Tim Rohrmann and Jo Warin

    Chapter 2 Theoretical perspectives on men’s choices to remain and to leave

    Jo Warin, Birgitte Ljunggren and Markus Andrä

    Chapter 3 A diversity of cultural and institutional contexts

    Tim Rohrmann, David L. Brody and Jean-Yves Plaisir

    Chapter 4 Researching men’s career trajectories in ECEC: A ross-cultural inter-researcher approach

    Yuwei Xu, Jo Warin, Karen Thorpe and Tim Rohrmann

    Chapter 5 Professionalization and Gender Balance

    Christian Eidevald, Birgitte Ljunggren and Throsdis Thordardottir

    Chapter 6 Workplace environment: Leadership and governance

    Birgitte Ljungrren, Joanne McHale and Victoria Sullivan

    Chapter 7 Experiences of workplace relationships as factors precipitating or preventing dropout of male educators in ECEC

    Victoria Sullivan, Ramazan Sak and Karen Thorpe

    Chapter 8 Societal factors impacting male turnover in ECEC

    Jean-Yves Plaisir, Thordis Thordardottir and Yuwei Xu

    Chapter 9 Intrinsic motivations as a factor in men’s career decisions in ECEC

    Yarden Kedar, Markus Andrä and Victoria Sullivan

    Chapter 10 Agency as a determinant of men’s decisions to leave or stay

    David L. Brody, Markus Andrä and Yarden Kedar

    Chapter 11 Masculinity, sexuality and resistance

    Deevia Bhana, Yuwei Xu and Kari Emilsen

    Chapter 12 Why men stay

    Kari Emilsen, Jean-Yves Plaisir, Ramazan Sak and Christian Eidevald

    Chapter 13 Critical moments in men’s career trajectories

    İkbal Tuba Şahin-Sak, Ramazan Sak, Christian Eidevald and Joanne McHale

    Chapter 14 More men in ECEC: Towards a gender-sensitive workforce – summary and conclusions

    David L. Brody, Kari Emilsen, Tim Rohrmann and Jo Warin


    David L. Brody is Associate Professor of Education, Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem, Israel.

    Kari Emilsen is Professor in Social Science at Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway.

    Tim Rohrmann is Professor and Coordinator for Early Childhood Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hildesheim, Germany.

    Jo Warin is Professor in Gender and Social Relationships in Education at Lancaster University, United Kingdom.