Mapping Gender Segregation in Pre-Primary and Primary Education in Cyprus
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Although great emphasis is given on the quality of early childhood education, the demographics of the teaching personnel attract limited attention even though those characteristics are linked to the quality of education. The present study aims at exploring gender segregation in pre-primary and primary education in Cyprus, using the statistical lenses through which feminization can be understood. The article presents the number of male and female undergraduate students enrolled in pre-primary and primary education programs. Employment data are also presented. This article sets out to discuss statistical data and literature to find out which research needs to be undertaken to ensure the inclusion of more men in pre-primary and primary education in Cyprus. Statistics highlight the need to critically examine existing literature, to conduct research with both males and females and to start the process of recruiting and supporting more males moving into pre-primary and primary education.