1st Edition

Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education International perspectives on gender and care

Edited By Simon Brownhill, Jo Warin, Inga Wernersson Copyright 2016
    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    This stimulating book sets out to critically explore the notion of men, masculinities and teaching in early childhood education. It addresses the global pattern of gender, teaching and care where men are in the minority, and explores the notion that the greater involvement of men within teaching and associated professions has the potential to transform gender relations for future generations.

    International contributors raise critical questions about the construction of masculinities, the continuing reluctance of men to engage in this type of work, and the influence of political and public debates on the issue. Through this engaging discussion readers are asked to question whether this is something that we should care about, with key topics including:

    • The roles of men in education and care
    • Teachers’ beliefs, norms and values of gender equality
    • The construction of male identities
    • Gendered ideals, and children’s interpretations of gender.

    Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education brings together a refreshing and critical set of perspectives linked to an increasingly important educational debate and will be a valuable text for practitioners, professionals, policy makers and parents/carers.


              Jo Warin and Inga Wernersson


    1. More men? Swedish arguments over four decades about 'missing men' in ECE and care
    2. Inga Wernersson

    3. Male role models in education (0-8) – a English perspective
    4. Simon Brownhill

    5. Children’s interpretive reproduction of gender conscious didactic agendas in a Swedish pre-school
    6. Annica Löfdahl and Maria Hjalmarsson

    7. The Ballad of the Big Manly Guy: Male and female teachers construct the gendered careworker in US early education contexts
    8. Christine Mallozzi and Sally Campbell Galman


    9. Big and muscular boys: Teaching of normality in pre-school through food and eating
    10. Anette Hellmann

    11. Gender in pre-school and child-centred ideologies
    12. Vina Adriany

    13. Teachers´ beliefs, norms and values of gender equality in pre-schools
    14. Ingrid Granbom


    15. Pioneers, Professionals, Playmates, Protectors, ‘Poofs’ and ‘Paedos’: Swedish male pre-school teachers’ construction of their identities
    16. Jo Warin

    17. Being Professional: Norms relating to male pre-school teachers in Japanese kindergartens and nurseries
    18. Anette Hellman, Chie Nakazawa and Kiyomi Kuramochi

    19. Gendered ideals and sports coaching: reflections on the male as ‘the centre’ of sports in relation to child sports

             Karin Grahn


            Inga Wernersson and Jo Warin with Simon Brownhill



    Simon Brownhill is a Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Jo Warin is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK.

    Inga Wernersson is Professor of Educational Research at University West, Sweden.

    "At last a book that examines the role of men in early years and identifies possible reasons for the gender imbalance. This book is a fantastic read and will be a must have for any setting, parent, practitioner who wants to encourage more men to work in the sector." - Guy Crawford, City College, Southampton