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The feminization in the kindergarten teacher profession

Simon Bučar (2014) The feminization in the kindergarten teacher profession. Diploma thesis.

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    The aim of this thesis is to present a fairly unexplored topic in the sector of early childhood education (ECE), namely the ‘absence’ of men in this sector. Since the introduction of kindergartens early childhood educators have been women. The first Slovene orphanage, founded by Pavel Berlach, a wealthy merchant from Ljubljana, in 1041, had an all-female staff. All throughout the course of history early childhood educators were women. Only recently men started to come forward. Their numbers are still much smaller but they are slowly increasing although they fluctuate slightly over the years. This thesis presents a short history of development of early childhood care and professions associated with it. The focus is on division of labour and gender inequality that goes with it hand in hand. We also tried to shed some light on masculinity concept and its changes through history. Men are gaining in importance in this sector, which is dealt with in the last chapter. We seek to explain the importance of men in ECE with the importance of a father in a family. The empirical part of the thesis examines why men so rarely choose to work with young children. Our research shows that male ECE teachers are not as exposed to negative influences as some authors try to convince us. The same authors put the blame for small numbers of men in these occupations on society and its negative stereotypes. We have, however, established that the main reason is actually low salary associated with professions in ECE.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: feminization, early childhood educator/early childhood care teacher, early childhood education/care, masculinity, stereotypes, gender inequality
    Number of Pages: 59
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tatjana DevjakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10206281)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2423
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 13:58
    Last Modified: 26 Sep 2014 13:58
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2423

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