Call to close teaching gender gap
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.