An Investigation of Similarities and Differences between Perceptions of Male and Female Teachers in the Elementary Grades

Benjamin Taylor Dickey

Abstract


In this study, the research used a mixed methods approach (qualitative and quantitative), to examine the perceptions of male and female teachers in primary education. An online survey was emailed to 20 participants who had taught or were currently teaching elementary school children. The analysis of quantitative data revealed variance in the participants’ responses related to the interactions between male and female teachers are their students. The difference included male teachers being perceived to be less nurturing than female teachers. The qualitative analysis revealed that over three-fourths of the participants indicated there was a need for more male role models in the elementary school setting. Another theme noted in the qualitative analysis was that most respondents believed that male and female teachers could fill all job positions (classroom teachers, administrators, physical education teachers, custodians, office staff, etc.) in the education profession. The researcher came to three conclusions when analyzing and discussing the data. First, gender stereotypes are still prevalent in the perceptions of male and female teachers in elementary schools. Secondly, more male teachers are needed in elementary school settings to provide students with a positive male role model. This conclusion focuses on relationships, rather than promoting increased academic performance for male students. Finally, there is still a need to research more about male teachers in elementary school and the impact it has on society.


Keywords


Perceptions; Male teachers; Elementary Education

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