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1st Edition

Teachers, Gender and the Feminisation Debate

ISBN 9780367582173
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

Teachers, Gender and the Feminisation Debate critically engages with the claim that teaching is a feminised profession and offers a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the way gender and power play out in the lives of male and female teachers. Informed by social constructivist, feminist theories of work and education, the book adopts a relational and intersectional approach to gender.

Drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources, including national and international datasets, policy and research texts, and an original corpus of interviews conducted by the author in England and France, the book provides a timely assessment of a view of teaching as feminised. It explores the various discourses and debates about the feminisation of teaching which circulate in media and policy circles in a range of local, national and international contexts, and questions some of the claims underpinning these discourses. It also analyses the experiences of men and women who teach, looking at the way gender and power impact on their careers and private lives in the context of the feminisation debate.

Teachers, Gender and the Feminisation Debate offers a research-informed and comprehensive account of gender issues in the teaching profession and will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of education, sociology and gender studies.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Teaching and the feminisation debate in contemporary times

Chapter 3 - A socio-historical approach to the feminisation of the teaching profession

Chapter 4 - Gender patterns in the teaching profession in the 21st century

Chapter 5 - Teachers’ professional identities, career choice and gender

Chapter 6 - Gender divides in teachers’ careers and ‘private’ lives

Chapter 7 - Concluding comments

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Marie-Pierre Moreau is Professor in Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Chelmsford, UK. Her research is at the nexus of education, work and equality issues, with specific reference to the formation of gender-based inequalities in education and work settings. She is the author of Les Enseignants et le Genre (Presses Universitaires de France, 2011) and the editor of Inequalities in the Teaching Profession (Palgrave, 2014).