Call to close teach­ing gen­der gap

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN over­haul of teacher re­cruit­ment in Queens­land is needed as a land­mark re­port has un­cov­ered dif­fer­ences in what at­tracts men and women to the pro­fes­sion.

Com­mis­sioned by the Queens­land Col­lege of Teach­ers, the big­gest ever sur­vey of teach­ers across the state, in­de­pen­dent and Catholic schools sec­tors to find out what mo­ti­vated and in­flu­enced them to be­come teach­ers.

Re­sults re­leased to­day will be used to at­tract more teach­ers to the job as stu­dent num­bers are set to grow by 26 per cent in the next five years, while na­tional teacher num­bers are only in­creas­ing by about 1 per cent a year.

And only about one in four pri­mary and sec­ondary teach­ers across Aus­tralia are male.

The Why Choose Teach­ing re­port re­veals more fe­male teach­ers said they were mo­ti­vated by shap­ing the fu­ture of kids or mak­ing a so­cial con­tri­bu­tion.

How­ever, male teach­ers were more mo­ti­vated by teach­ing a spe­cialised sub­ject that in­ter­ested them and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The re­port also found it was a myth that teach­ing was just a fall­back ca­reer and urged uni­ver­si­ties to change how teach­ers were re­cruited.

EM­MA­LINE STIGWOOD

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