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Male primary school teachers, masculinity and identity work in regional Australia

Palmer, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8345-7556, Cruickshank, V ORCID: 0000-0002-9766-6807, Drummond, M and Reid, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9629-4338 2019 , 'Male primary school teachers, masculinity and identity work in regional Australia' , Sport Education and Society , doi: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1578207.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the experiences of male primary school teachers inregional Australia. Drawing on 53 open-ended survey responses andinterviews undertaken with five male teachers in Tasmania, the paperanalyses their perspectives of their work and roles, and the additionallabour of ‘career identity work’ through sport. For the men in this study,these additional roles find their antecedents in particular constructionsof hegemonic masculinity where, on the one hand, they are expected tobe ‘tough disciplinarians’ and, on the other, assumed to be ‘soft’ or‘sinister’ for wanting to work with young children. Sport provided a safecontext through which to manage such perceptions of their professionalidentity. Our study of teacher identities has wider significance foreducators and policy makers to assist them understand and address theproblem of low levels of recruitment and retention of male primaryschool teachers in Australia.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Palmer, C and Cruickshank, V and Drummond, M and Reid, D
Keywords: sport, teachers, masculinity
Journal or Publication Title: Sport Education and Society
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
ISSN: 1357-3322
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1578207
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Copyright 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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