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Nice and kind, smart and funny: What children like and want to emulate in their teachers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christine Skelton, Ian Hall


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In many western countries, government statements about the need to recruit more men to primary teaching are frequently supported by references to the importance of male teachers as role models for boys. The suggestion is that boys will both achieve better and behave better when taught by male teachers, because they will identify with them and want to emulate their behaviour. However, this has not been supported by research evidence. This paper draws on data from an ESRC-funded project involving interviews with 307 7-8 year old children in England (half taught by male and half by female teachers). Focusing on gender, it analyses children's responses about their relationships with their teachers and about figures that they would like to emulate (both in school and outside).

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Author(s): Hutchings M, Carrington B, Francis B, Skelton C, Read B, Hall I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Oxford Review of Education

Year: 2008

Volume: 34

Issue: 2

Pages: 135-157

ISSN (print): 0305-4985

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3915

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/03054980701663959


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