In September this year, I delivered a talk at the Men in Early Years Seminar. This was part of Scotland’s Gender Action Plan, which includes supporting more men to work in childcare as part of an aim to challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender diversity in Scottish early learning and childcare and the wider society. I spoke… Continue reading Men in Early Years Seminar – Sept 2019
This piece talks about the discussion around racism in education and argues the need to recognize the early years as a critical site in the production, and disruption, of racism in later life.
This is a slightly rejigged version of an article I wrote in early 2018 in Early Years Educator. It discusses why we need more men and what we can do about it. Working with children in the early years is hands on, to say the least. From rocking a child to sleep, changing messy nappies,… Continue reading Why We Need More Men in Early Years
Cultural capital has been subject of increased interest over the past few months, following Ofsted’s decision to include the term within their revised inspection framework. I have seen articles written for and against the term across social media in recent weeks, each offering different perspectives on the value of using Bourdieu’s concept in the educational… Continue reading Remaining Critical about Cultural Capital
The Gendered Brain By Gina Rippon, Professor of cognitive neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham. Published by the Bodly Head, 2019. In The Gendered Brain, Gina Rippon take us back to the roots of where we are today, tracing our earliest attempts to measure brain difference between the sexes. Scientists have had… Continue reading Book Review – The Gendered Brain: The new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain.
Shaddai Tembo introduces himself and talks about his research degree at the University of the West of Scotland, in partnership with Early Years Scotland
This blog offers an abbreviated transcript of my panel talk at the #ACareerInEarlyYears event I was invited to speak at. I spoke for the need of a highly qualified profession, critically attuned to the challenges we face in wider society today. Thank you to Early Years Scotland for the invitation. My name is Shaddai, I am first year PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland, having recently moved up from Bristol. I am a former Early Years Practitioner… Continue reading My Transcript from #ACareerInEarlyYears Event
Is Gender Fluid? By Sally Hines, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Leeds. Published by Thames and Hudson, 2018. We have come some way towards addressing equalities since the rise of the second-wave feminist movement in the 1970’s. The gains made by women’s movements are undeniable, both in winning political… Continue reading Book Review – Is Gender Fluid?
Happy New Year from me! The stretch between Christmas and New Year is a funny blend of spending time with family, catching up with old friends, and losing all sense of our daily routines. I find this time productive, disrupting our normal rhythm of life provides space to reflect on what has gone well and… Continue reading Brief Musings On My 2018.
David Wright is an experienced early years teacher and director of Paint Pots Nurseries. He is a seminal advocate for the engagement of more men into the early years profession and together with Simon Brownhill, Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol and publisher of numerous books including Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early… Continue reading Book Review: Men in Early Years Settings
Hi all, The excruciatingly expensive prices at London City Airport could not dampen my mood as I sat down to reflect on an excellent day at City Hall to discuss what gender equality means within childhood. This event was part of the Mayer's campaign to tackle gender stereotyping early so every child can reach their… Continue reading Reflections on my day at #EqualPlay
Hi all, I am writing this blog as I come to the end of my time with the Bristol Men in Early Years (BMIEY) Network, and prepare for a move up to the University of West Scotland to begin my PhD study in heteronormativity in early years practice. As someone with an active interest in… Continue reading What to expect from Critical Early Years