No longer Miss Muffett: Feminisation of the school workplace

Year: 1994

Author: Meyenn, Robert J., Parker, Judith C.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

As primary schools become increasingly staffed by women and are no longer dominated by males in executive and advisory positions, there is at least the potential for significant changes in work practices which may not have been possible or encouraged under male regimes. Through a series of case studies, this paper explores the impact and implications of the feminisation of the primary school workplace.

The paper draws upon an historical analysis of the control and organisation of primary education in New South Wales and is embedded in feminist theories and research on female-dominated workplaces and female management and organisation styles. The paper also addresses the question of whether the female-dominated primary school has implications for the attitudes of children to gender and other equity issues.