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O'Keeffe, S.
2020 Unknown
Studies on Quality Teachers and Quality In-service Teacher Education
Quality Teachers and Quality Teacher Education Exploring Wellbeing, Gender and Job Satisfaction
Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE) Publications
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care gender job satisfaction masculinities wellbeing
This chapter explores four Irish male primary teachers’ daily experiences of care and gender in contemporary Irish schools. Taking a feminist poststructural approach, the study employs three data-collection phases using the interview as the primary method of enquiry. It employs a voice-centred relational method of data analysis, which involves four readings of data with each reading troubling the data in different ways. The current climate of professionalisation within the profession creates a dispassionate distance dictating how teachers should conduct their professional lives. This is further problematised through the concept of gender. Men who perform "caring" roles face special difficulties as "feminised" discourses of service and care often carry a devalued status and do not align with dominant definitions of masculinities. If men perform femininity through nurturance and care, their sexuality is called into question; if they display masculinity through emotional distance and control, their caring skills are questioned. Is there a link between gender, care and teacher wellbeing? How does the concept of "care" impact on teacher job satisfaction?
Joanna Madalińska-Michalak
10.47050/66515321 / 10.47050/66515321.42–57
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