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How do male primary teachers cope with the fear and uncertainty they experience in relation to physical contact?

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Cruickshank, V and Kerby, M and Baguley, M, How do male primary teachers cope with the fear and uncertainty they experience in relation to physical contact?, Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education ISSN 0300-4279 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/03004279.2021.1929378

Abstract

Young children often look to their teachers for affection and acceptance, particularly if they are injured or upset. Yet, many male primary teachers experience substantial fear and uncertainty about making physical contact with their students. This study used 53 open ended survey responses and semi-structured interviews with five experienced male primary teachers in Tasmania, Australia to investigate the coping strategies and supports these men use to deal with this challenge. Findings revealed a variety of coping strategies and supports, and that the fear and uncertainty surrounding physical contact and false accusations needs to be reduced if more male primary teachers are to feel confident interacting with their students in the same ways their female colleagues do.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:male primary teachers, coping strategies, physical contact
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:145055
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-06-28
Last Modified:2021-07-06
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