Primary Masculinities



Who is conducting the research Dr Stephen Hay

Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER)

Contact Phone: 37355650

Contact Email:


Dr Ian Davis

Learning and Teaching Unit

Queensland University of Technology.

Contact Phone: 313867454

Contact Email:



Why is the research being conducted?

Recruitment and retention of male primary teachers has emerged as a key policy concern internationally. In Australia this has been underscored by the surge in the need for primary teachers which is projected to increase over the next 10 years.


The Primary Masculinities project aims to:

  • Generate data concerning male pre service teachers’ decisions to enter primary education and practicing teachers’ decisions to remain or to leave primary education.
  • Investigate factors regarding their security, satisfaction and their relationship within workplace.
  • Classify the key difficulties regarding job satisfaction for male teachers working in primary education.
  • Develop strategies for use by teacher education programmes, practicum supervisors and school leadership teams to help support male teachers in their training and professional development within primary education.


What you will be asked to do


Initially pre-service teacher education student participants will be asked to take part in 2 x 2 hour workshops (one scheduled prior to a practicum placement and one shortly after the completion of the placement) that will comprise a number of reflective group activities or provocations (Pangrazio, 2017) relating to masculinity and primary education. Following workshop 1, a number of workshop participants will be will be invited to participate in 40 minute semi-structured interview that will be recorded and transcribed. Transcripts will be returned to participants to verify accuracy and to provide additional information.





The basis by which participants will be selected or screened

Participants will be drawn from undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service teacher education program conducted at Griffith University, School of Education and Professional Studies in their first, second or third years. Potential participants will be approached via general email (see attached email text) either through the EPS Practicum Office or through the convenors of courses associated with students’ practicum experiences or by the researchers through their Griffith email addresses.


The expected benefits of the research

The work of the project will be able to develop and substantiate both a national and an international view of the combination of factors affecting this workforce. Working with approximately 12 participants the project will generate data using narrative methods, namely focus groups and interviews, to analyse the experiences and concerns of male pre-service teachers working in primary education. The work is expected to lead to the creation of recommendations and resources for registration authorities (QCT) and professional bodies (ACER), encouraging the ongoing development of safe and supportive working environments for male teachers in primary education.


Risks to you

Risks to you resulting from your participation in the project are minimal. You may experience mild to moderate psychological discomfort as a result of sharing by you or others, personal accounts of experiences in a professional work environment. The research has been carefully designed so that participants should find the research a positive and rewarding experience in professional learning.


Your confidentiality

Data collected in workshops or interviews will be de-identified and a pseudonym, chosen by you, will be used to present your de-identified data in publications or reports resulting from this research. A cross list of participants and their pseudonyms will be stored separately to the data. You will not be identifiable in any reporting or publications resulting from the project. It is an expectation that workshop participants respect the privacy and confidentiality of other participants.


Interviews and selected segments of workshops will be audio-recorded and this data, stored on a password protected computers at Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. Audio-recorded data will be transcribed by a third-party transcription service or by one of the research team. Audio material will be deleted once transcriptions are completed. Electronic transcriptions will be stored on locked computers and any paper copies stored in locked filing cabinets at Griffith University or Queensland University of Technology for five years.


The findings from this research may be presented at conferences or in scholarly papers, but you will not be identified in these outputs. Participants will be sent a copy of their transcription to confirm accuracy.


Your participation is voluntary

Your participation in this project is voluntary. Your participation in this research will not impact on your studies in any way. You may choose to withdraw from the research project at any time without penalty.


Questions / further information

If you require any further information about this research project or your participation in it, please contact Dr Stephen Hay, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University. Email:


The ethical conduct of this research

Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.  If potential participants have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research project they should contact the Manager, Research Ethics on 3735 4375 or


Feedback to you

We will be happy to provide you with a copy of any publications arising from this research on request. Some feedback on the findings from the first workshops session will be used in planning the second workshop.


Privacy Statement

The conduct of this research involves the collection, access and/or use of your identified personal information. The information collected is confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent, except to meet government, legal or other regulatory authority requirements. A de-identified copy of this data may be used for other research purposes including publishing openly (e.g. in an open access repository).   However, your anonymity will at all times be safeguarded. For further information consult the University’s Privacy Plan at or telephone (07) 3735 4375.