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A touch of touch: Preschool teacher education students' reflections about physical touch
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (PEPP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6016-4416
Karlstad University.
2018 (English)In: Issues in educational research, ISSN 0313-7155, E-ISSN 1837-6290, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 953-966Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International research has shown that several countries have adopted a cautious attitude towards physical touch between educators and children. Physical touch in preschool is a sensitive and difficult issue that requires preschool teacher education to address the question in a considerate and thoughtful manner. Nevertheless, the question of how students are prepared for the touch that is part of an educational environment with children has only been investigated to a limited extent. The aim of the present study is therefore to study how students perceive that the question of touch is handled in Swedish preschool teacher education. Data was collected through surveys (N = 204) and through semi-structured interviews with students and graduates in preschool teacher education. The results show that the informants felt that their interests and needs were not met. Instead, they were forced to take their own responsibility for raising the issue. To the extent that discussions about physical contact were addressed in education, it was primarily negative aspects that were raised. The results are discussed, for instance from a gender perspective. The men in the program are more affected by the lack of a clear place for touch in the program.

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Australian Institutes for Educational Research , 2018. Vol. 28, no 4, p. 953-966
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Educational Sciences Psychology
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences; Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79524ISI: 000449299500010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056343873OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79524DiVA, id: diva2:1279834
Available from: 2019-01-17 Created: 2019-01-17 Last updated: 2019-07-09Bibliographically approved

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