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Overcoming the odds: Exploring barriers and motivations for male trainee primary teachers

Pollitt, K and Oldfield, J (2017) Overcoming the odds: Exploring barriers and motivations for male trainee primary teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 62. pp. 30-36. ISSN 0742-051X (In Press)

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Abstract

The study investigated male primary school trainee teachers’ barriers and motivations for their profession. Six male trainee primary school teachers were interviewed and data were analysed thematically. Three themes arose relating to potential barriers; physical contact; experiencing negative outsider perceptions; and working within a female orientated environment. Three themes demonstrated that barriers could be overcome if participants perceived the profession as a constructive career; had positive experiences of working in a supportive environment; and were seen as effective role models. Primary teacher training courses should not only aim to reduce barriers but also highlight the positive aspects that enhance motivation.

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