Male Early Childhood Educators: The Element Missing from Preschool Settings - A Pilot Study

By Maria Sakellariou and Konstantina Rentzou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Transnational diverse cultural and educational experiences call for gender equality in all aspects of designing and delivering programs. Despite that call and the fact that gender rhetoric is wide spread in the educational agenda, there are still certain professions which are being associated, almost exclusively, with the female and/or the male sex. The area of early childhood education is by a general consent, a profession dominated by women. The present article constitutes a theoretical approach to the topic. It also presents research data stemming from the questionnaires administrated in male students in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care, of the TEI of Epirus, Ioannina, Greece. This survey aimed to examine a) the attitudes of students towards their chosen field, and b) children’s, female educators’ and parents’ attitudes towards male students.

Keywords: Early Childhood Education, Childhood Educators, Preschool Settings, Attitudes, Greece

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.41-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.039MB).

Prof. Maria Sakellariou

Lecturer, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Dr, Maria, Greece

I have graduated from the Department of Theology in 1987 and finished my two years postgraduate studies in Pedagogic in 1989. I have graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care at the TEI of Thessaloniki in 1993. During the academic year 1990/91 I finished my postgraduate studies in Pedagogic at the University of Zurich. From 1995 to 2003 I have worked as teacher at a High school. In 2001 I finished my PhD thesis on “The Christian Education at the Preschool age”. Since 2003 have been working as Lecturer at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina. My teaching and research objectives are Preschool education, Social Pedagogic, Didactic of social and ethical education. My interests are extended to intercultural education, environmental ethics and environmental education. I have published an important number of papers as well as a book about social pedagogic and as co-author three other useful manuals for praxis at the early childhood schools.

Konstantina Rentzou

PhD candidate, Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Greece

Since 2005 I teach in the Department of Early Childhood and Care, in the TEI of Epirus, as casual Teacher.

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