by Dr. Julia Wilkins, Ph.D. and Dr. Robert J. Gamble, Ph.D. - D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY

This paper explores situations that deter men from pursuing teaching certification in elementary education and presents the opinions of elementary school administrators regarding hiring practices involving male applicants. We contacted administrators from the 29 public school districts in Erie County in New York State and asked them to complete an online survey sharing their opinions about the lack of male teachers in grades K-2 and what they considered to be solutions to this situation. As gatekeepers to teaching positions, administrators can provide critical insights into strategies for increasing the number of males in the profession.

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Administrator Suggestions Regarding Recruitment of Male Elementary Teachers