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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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posted on 2023-05-21, 00:18 authored by Vaughan CruickshankVaughan Cruickshank, Kerby, M, Baguley, M
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.


Publication title

Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education




Faculty of Education



Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Primary education

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