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FERREIRA, Andreia et al. Estudo sobre as diferenças interativas e comunicativas de educadores e educadoras com crianças em idade em pré-escolar. Invest. Práticas [online]. 2016, vol.6, n.2, pp.79-100. ISSN 2182-1372.

Early childhood education has been ensured mostly by women, and this profession is traditionally associated with the feminine gender. Recently, the number of men in this profession has increased in Europe. However, the role of the male educator is understudied. In order to contribute to this body of knowledge, we studied the differences and similarities of the interactive behavior of male and female educators with children with 3 years old without developmental problems. In this study, female and male educators were observed independently in the same experimental situation as partners with the child in a playful activity of construction. Later, we analyzed the interactive and communicative quality of Educators. For that purpose, 10 male educators and 11 female educators built a product of their choice, with the child, with the materials and tools available in about 20 minutes. This study aims were to: i) describe and compare products made by male and female dyads, as well as the choice of materials; ii) compare the interactive behavior of male and female educators regarding empathy, ability to challenge the child, dialogical interaction, communication contends and cooperativity with child; and iii) the quality of communication. Our findings indicate differences in the way male and female educators communicate but fewer differences in the interactive quality. The professional experience, employment status and parenthood seemed to affect their behavior.

Keywords : Early Childhood Education; Educators’ gender; Interactive Quality; Verbal Communication.

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