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Male primary school teachers see physical contact with pupils as a challenge


Cruickshank, V, Male primary school teachers see physical contact with pupils as a challenge, The Australian, News Corp Australia, Sydney, 23 August 2017 (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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Among the small band of male primary teachers, many avoid physical contact with their young pupils because they worry it could be misinterpreted. "A lot of them were quite fearful of false allegations, which can be pretty much career-ending," teacher turned researcher Vaughan Cruickshank said. His recent PhD study looked at strategies that might help male teachers stay on in primary schools. Last year, just 18 per cent of primary school teachers in Australia were male, compared with 30 per cent in the mid-1980s. "I want school staffrooms to be reflective of the community, I want all primary school students to see someone like them so they can feel ‘education is for me’," said Dr Cruickshank, a former health and physical education teacher who trains new teachers at the University of Tasmania.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:male primary teachers, challenges, strategies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Gender, sexuality and education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Gender aspects in education
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
ID Code:120373
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-23
Last Modified:2017-09-27

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