Gender Balance

Convenors:

Prof. Dr. Tim Rohrmann, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hildesheim, Germany
Prof. Kari Emilsen, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway

together with:
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

Purpose

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

Report

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 two self organised symposia and a poster on the EECERA Online Festival in September 2021. Go to https://eecera-online-festival-2021.heysummit.com/ and watch out for the two symposia Men’s Career Trajectories in ECEC (Chair: David Brody) and Gender in ECEC – Pathways to a gender-reflexive work force (Chair: Tim Rohrmann).

We also invite all interested researchers to a less formal meeting of the SIG group. The 9th SIG gender balance research meeting will be held online on Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12.00‐14.00 UTC / GMT. Everybody is welcome. Please register your interest using the Registration form.

We are also pleased to announce the official launch of our book on the Men’s Career Trajectories Project on Thursday, September 9, 13:00 UTC/BST/GMT. The book launch is part of the EECERA Online Festival program. More info here 

Activities & Publications

Collaborate research

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

Publications

Some recent contributions on gender balance in ECEC

Brody, David, Emilsen, Kari, Rohrmann, Tim & Warin, Jo (eds.) (2021). Exploring Career Trajectories of Men in the ECEC Workforce. Why they leave and why they stay. London: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781003048473

Xu, Yuwei; Warin, Jo; Robb, Martin (2020): Beyond gender binaries: pedagogies and practices in early childhood education and care (ECEC). Special Issue of Early Years 40 (1), 1–4. DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2020.1728077

Warin, Jo. (2019). Men in Early Childhood Education and Care: Gender balance and flexibility. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wright, David & Brownhill, Simon. (2018). Men in the Early Years: Building a gender-balanced workforce. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Gender Balance Publication lists 2013-2020

Publication list SIG gender balance 2020 (October)
Publication list SIG gender balance 2019 (October 2020)
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)

Presentations

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!

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