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Recruitment, Training and Retention

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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 pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319895390
ISBN (Print)9783319895383
Original languageEnglish

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


In this chapter I examine the practicalities of developing a gender-conscious and gender-flexible workforce in ECEC. I present the recruitment drives that have been attempted in other countries especially large-scale, well-funded national campaigns in Norway and Germany. I emphasise the need for training in gender sensitivity in initial teacher training and continuing professional development. I also present various examples of, and arguments for, single-sex, male-only support groups. I emphasise the value of strong supportive leadership and collegiality as essential ingredients for retaining male practitioners. © 2018, The Author(s).