Gendered Workplaces: Experiences of the Beginning Male Teacher

By:
Dr Teresa Moore
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The paper looks at gendered positionings of a small group of beginning male teachers currently working in schools in Queensland Australia. In recent years there has been much talk about the ‘crisis’ in masculinity, the declining numbers of male teachers and imminent retirement of experienced male teachers from Australian schools. Within this ‘crisis’ a range of discourses have emerged that position male teachers in diverse ways. This positioning not only constructed males in traditional images premised by such comments as ‘real men’ but also highlighted particular issues that impacted differently on male teachers to their female colleagues.

It is argued in this paper that the gender construction of teaching bodies impact on the way in which both men and women practice teaching. While there is acknowledgement of negative stereotypes attached to the male body that does teaching, survey data illustrated that positive rewards, pleasures experienced and anticipated by male teachers motivated their desire to take up teaching as a profession. Discourses within the data construct the male teacher as a 21st century male Learning Manager who is as a second career male. He enjoys working with children, wants a family friendly job and wants to be recognised as someone who can nurture the educational journey of students in his care.

Therefore in this paper I explore the contradictory and ambiguous discourses concerning male teachers and present the results of an online survey that looked at the contemporary context and experiences of a group of beginning male teachers in Queensland, Australia. These results are discussed in relation to expectations in the teaching workplace and implications for the retention of male teachers.


Keywords: Male Teachers, Gender, Workplace, Masculinity
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Gendered Workplaces


Dr Teresa Moore

Post-doctoral research fellow, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education, Central Queensland University
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia


Ref: I06P0098