David Brody, Efrata College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel
Birgitte Ljunggren, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway
Vicky Sullivan, University of Queensland, Australia
Jo Warin, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Yuwei Xu, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
For some years now, researchers from several countries have formed an international network on the issue of men, women and gender balance in the ECEC work force. Since 2010, members of the network organised research symposia on the annual conferences of EECERA. 2012, the network initiated a Special Interest Group within EECERA.
The SIG focuses on the issue of gender balance in the ECE work force, and on the important role gender plays in adult-child-relations. Although there have been discussions about rising the proportion of male ECE workers for more than two decades, the theme remains an issue. Recently, several research projects were conducted, and in some countries governmental funded programmes have been started for bringing more men in the profession of Early Childhood Education and Care.
The members of the SIG support the aim of increasing the proportion of male workers towards a more gender-balanced ECEC work force. At the same time there is a need for a more differentiated view. Research is necessary e.g. on the significance of ECEC workers’ gender for children’s development, the interrelations of gender balance in the workforce and the promotion of gender equality, on gender-sensitive strategies for recruitment for ECE training and work, on recruitment and retention of men in the ECEC workforce, and on gender relations in ECEC in general.
The SIG focuses on the links of research, practice and policy, intends to provide an academic forum for the promotion, development and dissemination of research, and facilitates cooperation and collaboration between researchers in the field.
More information about the SIG, presentations, publications and projects can be found at http://www.siggender.eu
Click here to view the 2020-21 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2019-20 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2018-19 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2017-18 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2016-17 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2015-16 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2014-15 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2013-14 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
Click here to view the 2012-13 report (pdf) Tim and Kari
News & Events
The SIG will present self organised symposia on the EECERA Annual conference in Glasgow, August 2022 on the topics of “Gender and Play”; “Men in ECEC: Career narratives and team dynamics”; and “Gender, Care and power relations”.
The SIG also also invites all interested researchers to its 10th anniversary research conference on Tuesday, 23rd August 2022, 9.00‐16.00, on “Gender Play – Play Gender”. We are looking forward to reconnect and to develop new perspectives for co-operation in our first face‐to‐face meeting since 2019.
Since then, the pandemic has influenced and shaped our experiences as researchers and
teachers as well as our daily lives. As if this was not enough, the war in the Ukraine has confronted us with a dreadful failure of attempts to achieve international cooperation and mutual understanding. Not at least, it has brought back traditional understandings of the roles of men and women in society, opposed to goals of gender equality and support of men in the field of educare.
On the research meeting, we will exchange perspectives on men and and women in ECEC, and will connect to the main theme of the EECERA Annual conference by asking for connections between gender and play.
The meeting is the Annual meeting of the SIG and is open to all interested researchers.
Activities & Publications
Children’s perspectives of male and female Teachers. – Contact David Brody
National regulations and policies on gender equality, gender reflexive pedagogy and gender balance in ECEC. – Contact Tim Rohrmann
Some recent contributions on gender balance in ECEC
Bhana, Deevia, Moosa, Shaaista, Xu, Yuwei & Emilsen, Kari (2022). Men in early childhood education and care: on navigating a gendered terrain. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2022.2074070
Brody, David & Andrä, Markus (2022). “It wasn’t A Romantic Marriage”: A Metaphor Analysis of Male Early Childhood Educators’ Career Narratives. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 106082652210961.
Rohrmann, Tim & Andrä, Markus (2022). Berufswege von Männern in Kindertageseinrichtungen: Bedingungsfaktoren für Ausstieg oder Verbleib im Arbeitsfeld. Perspektiven der empirischen Kinder- und Jugendforschung, 8 (1), 5–22. https://fel-verlag.de/files/u757/Perspektiven_1_2022_Jg_8_1.pdf (in German language!)
Xu, Yuwei, Schweisfurth, Michele & Read, Barbara (2022). Men’s participation in early childhood education and care (ECEC): comparative perspectives from Edinburgh, Scotland and Tianjin, China. Comparative Education, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2022.2062950
Gender Balance Publication lists 2013-2022
Publication list SIG gender balance 2021 (updated July 2022)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2020 (December 2021)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2018 (updated October 2020)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2017 (updated October 2020)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2016 (updated October 2020)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2015 (updated October 2020)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2014 (updated September 2016)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2013 (updated June 2015)
The Gender SIG has organised symposia at the EECERA Annual conferences since 2009 and SIG research conferences since 2013. All presentations from these symposia and conferences are available on www.siggender.eu, subpage ‘documentations’. Feel free to have a look!
Links & Partners
Researchers interested in the issue of gender balance in the ECE workforce, and the important role gender plays in adult-child-relations, can join our Facebook group SIG Gender EECERA.