The Predominance Of Same-Gender Teachers
Cushman (2010, p.1212) does not believe this theory, and states “assumptions that a ‘gender match’ between students and teacher is beneficial to achievement is based on social learning and sex role theories that naively imply notions of identification and emulation between student and teacher.” This indicates that it is sexist and thought only men can improve boys learning and only a female teacher can encourage a girls learning. Also, young children want to excel their teachers expectations and in order to make them proud as teachers are someone they look up to, regardless of …show more content…
Pupils want a teacher who gives them a fair chance with learning and behavior, and who is kind and caring towards them, whether that is male or female. Therefore because of these theories and the idea that a male teacher is a strong and dominant force in the classroom, it has now become an expectation for the male teacher to portray this role. As Hepburn (2013) states that “younger men were frustrated at the common assumption they were naturally better-equipped to take charge of a particularly badly behaved class” which goes to show the stereotyping which takes place within the school.
Stereotyping male teachers
The stereotyping of male teachers’ within schools is a real problem and can be disheartening for any teacher, as Newman and Foster (2007, p.346) suggests,
“‘identity bruising’ can take different forms and may come from a number of different quarters… arise from ‘common sense’ beliefs that primary teaching is an ‘unsuitable’ job for a man, either because primary teaching lacks status, or because men could be a ‘danger’ to young