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‘Testosterone Play’?

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Publication date23/05/2018
Host publicationMen in Early Childhood Education and Care: Gender Balance and Flexibility
EditorsJo Warin
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (electronic)9783319895390
ISBN (print)9783319895383
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

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


In this chapter I address the topic of play, picking up on conclusions from the fatherhood research considered earlier, about men’s particular contribution to play especially physical forms and play in the outdoors. It is no accident that an interest in the employment of men in early childhood education appears to be developing apace with the growth of outdoor education. I discuss data from the Swedish interview-based study with male preschool staff together with findings from Acorns, looking at common perceptions about how gender influences practices related to playfulness, fun, resilience-building and ‘freedom’. © 2018, The Author(s).