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Fathers and Male Preschool Workers

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Publication date1/06/2018
Host publicationMen in Early Childhood Education and Care
EditorsJo Warin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages59-78
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319895390
ISBN (Print)9783319895383
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

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

Abstract

I include a chapter on fathers and fathering because it is a research area I have engaged in and also because it provides a readily available body of literature where we might expect to find answers to a central question about the value of a specifically male contribution to children’s lives. I present a critical inquiry into claims about the positive impact of fathers’ influence on young children and the impacts of father absence before then considering how far these findings might be applied to ECEC. I consider how institutional forces in both the family and preschool reinforce the gender binary in constructing male and female childcare responsibilities in opposition to each other. I also reflect on the relationship between male practitioners and fathers. © 2018, The Author(s).