Framing gender: Representing male teachers in the Australian and New Zealand press

Donald Reid, Catherine Palmer, Murray Drummond, Vaughan Cruickshank

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


Over the past two decades the issue of gender imbalance in teaching has been the subject of media and political discussion. Researchers have yet to draw definitive conclusions as to the relationship between teacher gender and student achievement, but the notion that more men are needed in teaching persists, with calls for governments to enact ‘affirmative action’ policies. Despite this, surveys of male teachers have found that many believe they are portrayed negatively in the media and that they are under greater scrutiny than their female counterparts. In seeking to better understand this contradiction, this article examines 233 news stories covering the issue of men in teaching. Using framing theory, the authors found that despite a high percentage of stories carrying a positive angle, male teachers are predominantly framed in problematic ways. The authors argue that the news media is ideologically limited in its representation of male teachers, resulting in any advocacy being a counter-narrative to the prevailing logic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journalism Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Education
  • Framing
  • Gender
  • Masculinities
  • Media
  • Representation


Dive into the research topics of 'Framing gender: Representing male teachers in the Australian and New Zealand press'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this