Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1711

Full Length Research Paper

Public Perceptions and the Situation of Males in Early Childhood Settings

Mumin Tufan
  • Mumin Tufan
  • Gazi Faculty of Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 25 December 2017
  •  Accepted: 05 February 2018
  •  Published: 10 February 2018


The main focus areas of this research are pointing out the public perceptions and beliefs about male preschool teachers, fear of child sexual molestation, moral panic, and power relations in the society. The sample of the study composed of one white, female preschool teacher with a single interview transcript, working in the city of Tempe, Arizona. Qualitative method was used for the research. A semi-structured interview was conducted with the teacher which involved six main questions about the male teacher involvement in early childhood education and related issues. The data was analyzed via discourse analysis method. Both proper and figurative meanings of the words, mimics, unsaid, attitudes, and acts in the interview were carefully considered; critiques and interpretations were made in terms of fear of child sexual abuse, men preschool teachers, moral panic, and power relations. Some literary tools, theoretical perspectives, and techniques from important theorists were barrowed in order to provide better insight. The results revealed that there has still been some doubts exist related to the male preschool teachers in the society and presence of more men in this period may provide better conditions for this occupation.

Key words: Male preschool teachers, child sexual abuse, moral panic, discourse analysis.