Ojan Omar Kadukar- Some occupations are attributed to women and some occupations only to men. “Engineering, driving men; Superstitions like “Nursing, stewardship is a woman’s profession” are found in many people. Kindergarten teachers are one of the professions that men are not supposed to be able to do. However, many male teachers are doing this, so the number of men studying in the pre-school education departments of universities is increasing every year. Although male kindergarten teachers complain about negative situations such as parental bias and the fact that principals prefer female teachers, they continue to work with love, breaking restrictions.
Head of the Department of Elementary Education at Istanbul Kaltur University, who has given many graduates in pre-school teaching, Assoc. Dr. Goke-Kurt noted that although classical studies focus on infants and young children attaching to their mothers, recent studies point to the importance of children’s bonding with other meaningful personalities such as fathers, siblings and friends. Kurt said, “While female teachers create an educational environment that is more sensitive to children’s needs for love and empathy and where verbal communication is more intense, male teachers create an environment where physical activity such as sports activities and movement-based games are intensified. Which will strengthen the confidence of the children. “
Noting that people who succeed in teaching do not take on the role of sharp female / male, Kurt said, “We find that people with high psychological resistance are those who see the power of both sexes and can adopt these traits.” Kurt advised families to choose an educational environment that allows them to establish the best child-teacher relationship by researching the needs of their children and the characteristics of the teacher rather than the gender of the teacher.
‘Women can’t do men’
The disadvantages of working and trained male teachers in this field and their views on their profession are as follows:
Murat Baidar (Student): When selecting my category, I heard many phrases such as “It’s a woman’s job, a man can’t do it”. In response to these, when a teacher enters the class, the students do not say ‘male teacher or female teacher’, ‘my teacher’ has come, I think I have given a good answer.
I think we can create a comfortable and fun teaching process by creating a sense of confidence in children in the classroom and outside play environment. I believe that I will succeed in setting up and maintaining games with children and inspiring them because their energy and creativity are so great. I think the biggest advantage of male pre-school teachers is their ability to create and maintain a cheerful and energetic learning environment by playing lots of games.
As a disadvantage; Due to some social considerations the presence of a male preschool teacher can be an uncomfortable situation for some families including the girl child. We will be a guide to break the prejudice and gain the trust of the family and provide a bright future for the children.
‘Parents are scared’
Mostafa Kilik (Teacher): Pre-school teaching is seen as a female profession in the society. To break this prejudice, I invite parents and show that a person can play with children, use the same language and understand and respond to their wishes. Kids are more comfortable listening to you because they get along with the father. For this reason, male preschool teachers are convenient when it comes to classroom management. Our player structure allows us to use places where children can meet their physical movement and play needs more comfortably, such as gardens and open spaces.
On the other hand, since I am a male teacher, female parents are more embarrassed to communicate about the child. The negative perceptions displayed for male pre-school teachers in society can negatively affect your motivation. When I was looking for a job, the manager (psychologist) of a private company told me that men are not suitable for this profession and I should look for a job in another profession. This view was devastating at first, but I did not give up. I am currently in the fourth year of my profession and during this time I have become the favorite teacher in the children’s school.