Lammi-Taskula, Johanna
Title:Stranger or a Real Man? Men Working in Kindergartens
Published in:Sosiaali- ja terveysministriö. Tasa-arvojulkaisuja. Sarja C: Työraportteja
Publisher:Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö
Place:Helsinki Finland
Type:Published works
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      The report is based on a postal survey sent to 388 male kindergarten teachers in Finland. In Finland, 95% of kindergarten teachers are women. Some reasons to this are low salary, nursing traditions as women's characteristics, stereotypes and lack of knowledge. Being the only man in the workplace may have its advantages and disadvantages; many men say, however, that they would like to have some other male colleagues. Men have usually a slightly different approach to work, for example, they participate more in sporting activities and they say they are more relaxed and creative. Male teachers may also have more freedom to break the daily routines. One important thing would be to give more value to the work carried out within early childhood education. It would also be time to get rid of the stigma of kindergarten teachers as "hoitotäti" ("nursing aunt").
Last Modified: 15.04.2002