Mandlige pædagoger til småbørnsinstitutioner søges: Seeking male pedagogues for children's care centres

Anna Aastrup Paulsen, Sara Romme Rasmussen, Daniel Wodskou Andersen & Døgg Hoydal

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines a paradox between the political ambition to recruit more male pedagogues to care centres for small children and the field’s gender based problems and negative publicity, which makes it less attractive for male employees. This begs questions about gender’s role in relation to male pedagogues in care centres for small children, and how to draw more men toward this profession. These are the issues this project examines. The projects empirical apparatus consists of six interviews in total. Five of them are qualitative interviews that revolve around the articulated experiences of three male pedagogues and two pedagogue students. The last interview is a qualitative interview with expert and senior consultant Ulla Gerner Wohlgemuth, who seeks to bring some professional knowledge. In terms of scientific theory, the project is based on a newer phenomenological approach, which is mostly expressed through the projects five interviews with men. The projects theoretical apparatus consists of Erving Goffman’s theory on stigma, Kenn Warming’s concepts on motivation and the practices of masculinity, along with Christine L. Williams’ strategies of action. More specifically the theories contribute to an analysis of the empirical data, in answering how men experience being a man in children care centres. So the theoretical concepts are used in order to analyse the empirical part of the analysis. The project concludes, that the pedagogues and students all experience that in certain situations significance is applied to gender in relation to their work in children’s care centres. The difference lies not so much in differentiated skills, but more in relation to physical strength. Furthermore, it can be concluded that men are indirectly distancing themselves from women, when they underline their tasks or job title through particularly masculine terms. In relation to attracting more men to the field of pedagogues it can be concluded that the present municipal projects are closing in on the ambition of attracting more men to children’s care centres, but that it can be a challenge to coordinate initiatives that take into account the different obstacles attached.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 jan. 2015
VejledereKenneth Reinicke


  • Warming
  • Køn
  • Goffman
  • Williams
  • stigmatisering
  • Maskulinitet
  • Småbørnsinstitutioner
  • Mandlige Pædagog
  • daginstitutioner
  • Rekruttering