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Men in childcare – revolution or ripples in a female world. London 20. September 2005 Peter Møller Pedersen. Presentation . Men in childcare – historical overview Men in childcare today – positions and strategies Men in childcare - Some numbers… Initiatives to recruit more men

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men in childcare revolution or ripples in a female world

Men in childcare – revolution or ripples in a female world

London

20. September 2005

Peter Møller Pedersen

presentation
Presentation
  • Men in childcare – historical overview
  • Men in childcare today – positions and strategies
  • Men in childcare - Some numbers…
  • Initiatives to recruit more men
  • Why the silence?
  • The future….
slide5

Male applicants to the training programme

1900 1930 1950 1970 1980 1990 2000

what happened in the 70 s
What happened in the 70’s
  • Women in the labour marked
  • The welfare state is building up
  • Formal training programme
  • ”The optimistic period”

Revolution? – The traditional social structure under pressure.

today
Today…
  • STEN, 22 , lives alone, high school degree, conscientious objector, worked in a out-of-school institution.

He stresses the theoretical aspects of the training programme….

Music, music, music…

  • OLE, 33, live with his brother, divorced, 2 children, worked in a slaughterhouse for 7 years. Member of a biking group.Break – assistant child care worker.

He stresses that men in childcare is necessary and useful for society.

  • IVER, 24, live with his girlfriend, purposeful, decided in the age of 17 to become childcare worker.

Identify with the profession. Don’t use gender as an explanation.

Arranged OL-games under practice.

male positions in a female world9

Animals

Managers office

Workshop

Kitchen

Sports

Playroom

Male positions in a female world
initiatives in denmark
Initiatives in Denmark

Phase 1: 1992 – 1999

  • Attention to problems with the boys in schools and institutions.
  • One suggested solution: more men in childcare.
  • Campaigns to recruit more men
  • Public debate
  • Governmental goals (no numbers mentioned)
  • Report from the government about the problem 1998
  • A few or none research projects.
initiatives in denmark12
Initiatives in Denmark

Phase 2: 2000 – today

  • No public debate or campaigns.
  • Attention to problems for boys and girls.
  • A few research projects.
  • New specializations and options in the training programme: sports, out door life.
  • A few institutions divide boys and girls.
why the silence
Why the silence?

Another focus:

  • Social mobility – equal opportunities
  • Inclusive education
  • National curriculum's
  • Individualisation – self-identity
  • Bad news about male childcare workers – they don’t do the job
what now
What now?
  • Male childcare workers is not the goal alone
  • Inclusive labour marked – men want childcare.
  • Inclusive training programmes – space for male and female positions.
  • National programmes needed.
  • Clue: listen to men in childcare…
male strategies in female settings
Male strategies in female settings

High identifica-tion with the profession

Extension of the

profession

Gender gives the opportunity to develop new solutions.

Identification with the

profession

An implicit alliance between profession and gender.

Integration:

Profession /gender

Segregation:

Profession

/gender

Criticism of

profession

Gender as reason for critique

Segregation of

profession

Masculine identity outside the training programme.

Low identifica-tion with the profession

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Male applicants

For the

Training-

programme

Kilde: Den koordinerede tilmelding og Viborg-Seminariets optagelsesudvalg.

I 2001 etablerede Viborg-Seminariet en idrætslinje. Tallene i parentes angiver

andelen af mandlige ansøgere eksklusiv idrætslinjen.

revolution or rippling
Revolution or rippling?
  • The social order is challenged
  • Male childcare workers do a difference – but at the same time the reproduce the social order
  • Still great barriers for men in childcare