Males in the Field of Education
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This paper relates that men are a distinct minority in the field of education, particularly within elementary schools, and applies economic theory to explain this low level of participation within education. The paper reveals that men appear to make the rational decision to pursue more lucrative professional opportunities, and explains that this decision leads them to focus on teaching higher grade levels or pursuing options outside the field of education.
From the Paper:"Based upon data collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, male teachers earn higher wages than their female coworkers. Among elementary teachers, women in the United States earn 94.9% of male wages (Lips 94).. Male secondary teachers also earn more, with female teachers earning 91.9% the wages of men. Among college teachers, the gap is particularly large. Women earn, on average, just 75% of the earnings of their male colleagues.
"Differences in graduation rates and degree choices likely influence the relatively low number of men working in the field of education. Across all subjects, men trail behind women in the earning of postsecondary degrees in both private and public four year institutions. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education reported that 52% of male students attending public colleges and universities completed their bachelor's degrees within six years, compared to 58% of female students (U.S. Department of Education 72). Male students attending private, non-profit institutions also graduated less than female students, with 67% of female students graduating within six years versus 61% of male students."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Basow, Susan. "Student ratings of professors are not gender blind," AWM Newsletter Vol 24, No. 5 (1994) 1. < http://www.awm-math.org/newsletter/199409/basow.html>.
- Glazer-Raymo, Judith. Shattering the myths: Women in Academe. Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
- Lips, Hilary. "The gender pay gap: concrete indicator of women's progress toward equality," Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy Vol. 3 (2003): 87-109.
- Snyder, Tamar. "Male call: recruiting more men to teach elementary school," Edutopia, 2008. < http://www.edutopia.org/male-teacher-shortage>.
- U.S. Department of Education. The Condition of Education 2010. National Center for Education Statistics/ Institute of Education Sciences, May, 2010. < http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2010/2010028.pdf>.
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