This exploratory study investigated the reasons why males chose early childhood
education and their lived experiences in a teacher education program. Qualitative data
were collected through interviews with twelve male early childhood pre-service
teachers. Results demonstrated that: Participates were passionate about teaching
young children. They were mostly supported by their relatives and friends in their
decision to become an early childhood teacher. They were positive about future career
opportunities but still had an underlying fear of losing job or being seen as sexual
predators. Meanwhile, participates indicated some conflicts might exist between the
field experience and program learning experience. They also highlighted a need to
recruit male pre-service teachers in early childhood education programs.
"Exploring the Experiences of Male Early Childhood Aspiring Teachers,"
Journal of Multicultural Affairs: Vol. 4:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jma/vol4/iss1/5
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