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Scripts for Promoting Men’s Presence in the Early Years: Gender Balance and Gender Flexibility

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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 pages21
ISBN (electronic)9783319895390
ISBN (print)9783319895383
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

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


In this chapter I present the theoretical underpinnings of the book’s comparison of ‘gender balance’ arguments for the inclusion of men and ‘gender flexibility’ arguments. I draw on data from the recent ethnographic case study of Acorns preschool to provide illustrations of gender-flexible practices to explain why we might want more men to work in ECEC and what we might want them to do when they are there. I also provide a short overview of the methodology for this study. © 2018, The Author(s).