Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Male Education Students: Guys, We Need More Teachers!

Male Education Students

More male teachers are needed in Ontario.

Male students studying to teach children in primary schools might be able to fill a glaring gap in Ontario’s education system.

Nipissing University Schulich School of Education professors Dr. Douglas Gosse and Dr. Mike Parr have released a new report that explores the issues faced by male teachers in the primary/junior classrooms in Ontario.

The study, titled The Professional Journey of Male Primary-Junior Teachers in Ontario, points to the hurdles that male teachers face; such as being role models, teacher expectations regarding boys, and effective approaches and strategies for teaching boys.

Statistics Canada’s data shows that only 28% of all teachers are male, while only 10% of primary-junior level teachers are male.

After three years of research the report’s findings indicate:

  • 91.3% of survey respondents feel that more male primary/junior teachers should be hired
  • 12.7% of survey respondents indicated that they had been suspected of inappropriate contact with pupils

When asked whether they felt that male primary-junior teachers have certain unique traits or qualities that they bring to early childhood education, 90.8%, assert that they do, with many using familial metaphors such as “father figure” and “big brother.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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  1. Sander81 Says:

    Thank you for publishing this article!

  2. dar Says:

    Boards need to hire more men at the primary junior levels, there is already too many women teaching

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