Exploring the Experiences of Male Early Childhood Aspiring Teachers

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This exploratory study investigated the reasons why males chose early childhood

education and their lived experiences in a teacher education program. Qualitative data

were collected through interviews with twelve male early childhood pre-service

teachers. Results demonstrated that: Participates were passionate about teaching

young children. They were mostly supported by their relatives and friends in their

decision to become an early childhood teacher. They were positive about future career

opportunities but still had an underlying fear of losing job or being seen as sexual

predators. Meanwhile, participates indicated some conflicts might exist between the

field experience and program learning experience. They also highlighted a need to

recruit male pre-service teachers in early childhood education programs.

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JournalJournal of Multicultural Affairs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2019

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