'Nice and kind, smart and funny': what children like and want to emulate in their teachers

Hutchings, M., Carrington, B., Francis, B., Read, B., Skelton, C. and Hall, I. (2007) 'Nice and kind, smart and funny': what children like and want to emulate in their teachers. Oxford Review of Education, 34(2), pp. 135-157. (doi:10.1080/03054980701663959)

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Abstract

In many western countries, government statements about the need to recruit more men to primary teaching are frequently supported by references to the importance of male teachers as role models for boys. The suggestion is that boys will both achieve better and behave better when taught by male teachers, because they will identify with them and want to emulate their behaviour. However, this has not been supported by research evidence. This paper draws on data from an ESRC‐funded project involving interviews with 307 7–8 year old children in England (half taught by male and half by female teachers). Focusing on gender, it analyses children’s responses about their relationships with their teachers and about figures that they would like to emulate (both in school and outside).

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:07/08-1
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Read, Dr Barbara and Carrington, Prof Bruce
Authors: Hutchings, M., Carrington, B., Francis, B., Read, B., Skelton, C., and Hall, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Oxford Review of Education
ISSN:1465-3915

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