Investigation of parents’ perceptions of male early childhood teachers

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2017
Gülçiçek, Turan
The purpose of this study was to investigate parents’ perceptions of male early childhood teachers. The participants of the study were 13 parents consisting of 11 females and 2 males living in Ankara, Turkey. For this study, a qualitative phenomenological study was conducted. The data of the study were collected through semi structured interviews. The interviews were completed in three months. Findings of the study indicated that parents had negative and positive perceptions related with their children’s male early childhood teachers at the beginning of the fall semester. As negative perceptions, participants stated that they had concerns related with male early childhood teachers including child abuse, male teachers’ inability to handle children’s self-care. Moreover, they were perceived to be unable in communication with girls, and because male teachers can not be a mother, they were perceived as disadvantageous in the perspective of parents. On the other hand, as positive perceptions, participants declared that male teachers had more control on children, and male teachers’ not being a mother brings advantage to them. What’s more, after they v began to know their children’s male teachers, it was found that their perceptions of male teachers were based on male teachers’ characteristics, their relationship with the teachers, advantages and disadvantages of not being a mother in terms of teachers, male teachers’ skills, and development of children. 

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T. Gülçiçek, “Investigation of parents’ perceptions of male early childhood teachers,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.