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Male primary teachers’ fear and uncertainty surrounding physical contact


Cruickshank, V, Male primary teachers' fear and uncertainty surrounding physical contact, Education 3-13: international journal of primary, elementary and early years education, 47, (2) pp. 247-257. ISSN 0300-4279 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03004279.2018.1434221


Young children often look to their teachers for affection and acceptance, particularly if they are sick or upset. However, many male primary teachers do not feel comfortable with this aspect of their role. Consequently, many men choose not to make physical contact with their students in order to protect themselves from accusations of inappropriate behaviour. Using a mixed methodology of survey and interviews, this research provides an in-depth analysis of the fear and uncertainty male primary teachers experience in relation to physical contact, and the key factors that contribute to its difficulty

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:male primary teachers, challenges, physical contact
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:124942
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-03-20
Last Modified:2021-11-05

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