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Appropriate physical contact: The alignment of policy and male primary teacher perceptions


Cruickshank, V, Appropriate physical contact: The alignment of policy and male primary teacher perceptions, Issues in Educational Research, 30, (2) pp. 473-492. ISSN 0313-7155 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Young children often seek acceptance and warmth from their teachers in the form of physical contact. However, this expectation can create fear and uncertainty for male teachers who are unsure of what is, and is not, appropriate physical contact for a man to make with their young students. This paper builds on previous research by ascertaining male primary teachers' perceptions of when it is appropriate for them to make physical contact with their students and examining the alignment of these perceptions with relevant policy guidelines. Findings suggest that policy documents may need more specific clarity about what is and is not acceptable physical contact for teachers to make with their students. The comparison of perceptions and policy can provide important insights into male primary teachers' knowledge of appropriate physical contact and could be used to inform coping strategies to help them persist in the teaching profession.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:male primary teachers, education policy, primary education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Primary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Primary education
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
ID Code:142438
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-01-18
Last Modified:2021-08-25
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