2018．第46卷第2期（Vol. 46 No. 2）．pp. 43–65
Caring and Beyond “Motherly” Caring in Primary Teaching: A Case Study of a Taiwanese Primary School
The article, based on an ethnographic analysis of the gendered link of caring in primary teaching with motherly work/roles, seeks to articulate the notion that caring in primary teaching may be complex. Data were collected from a case study conducted at a Taiwanese primary school between 2008 and 2009. The findings suggest that the importance of caring was acknowledged, but teachers’ responses about caring varied. Although male teachers manifestly distanced themselves from caring, the evidence suggests that caring does not exclusively relate to gender. Three non-gender-specific values — personal attributes, an emphasis on professional skills, and the discourse of humanism — were proposed for explaining the complexity of the caring phenomenon in the primary-school context.
Keywords: caring; motherly work/roles; femininity; masculinity; teachers’ gender; primary teaching