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Conclusion: Men’s Presence in ECEC as a Pathway Towards Positive Gender Transformation

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Publication date1/06/2018
Host publicationMen in Early Childhood Education and Care
EditorsJo Warin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319895390
ISBN (Print)9783319895383
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2524-6445


In this chapter I offer the reader a script that provides a clear rationale for promoting an increase of male practitioners in ECEC. I argue that the inclusion of more male teachers and carers in the early childhood education workforce can make a vital contribution to the ongoing development of a more gender-egalitarian society. However, I caution that this contribution can only be realised by gender-sensitive practitioners: women and men together, who are willing to practice and perform a gender-flexible pedagogy. At its most radical and transformative, the recruitment and promotion of more men in the ECE is a significant strategy that can help us envision a de-gendered society in which we move beyond the gender binary. © 2018, The Author(s).