Search results for: COVID - 19 (Coronavirus)
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The closure of schools across the globe due to the Covid-19 pandemic had the potential to have a catastrophic impact on a fundamental pillar of initial teacher education: school placement. This paper maps a new “site” of professional practice for “school placement” called “Teacher Online Programme” (TOP) using Xu and Brown’s (2016) conceptual framework of teacher assessment literacy in practice. Its main focus lies in the integration of the assessment baseline knowledge into the programme under the seven elements proposed by the framework. A case study methodology informed the approach taken. Data was collected and analysed in three phases: the Teaching Online Programme Year 3 (TOP3) initiative; Student-teacher and Tutor Questionnaires and Student-teacher and Tutor focus group interviews. The findings highlight the complex and multifaceted process of building teacher assessment identity which nests in the larger purposes for education. They encourage an emergentist and collaborative approach to assessment knowledge and view working in communities of practice as a threshold for creativity and innovation.
Updated: Aug. 08, 2022
The adjustment to emergency remote teaching during the COVID-19 global crisis among diverse students in higher education
This study aims to identify the factors that explain undergraduate students’ adjustments to emergency remote teaching (ERT) during the COVID-19 crisis. The participants were 390 undergraduate students from four academic colleges in Israel who responded to the role adjustment to online learning questionnaire and the motivated strategies for learning questionnaire. The quantitative findings showed low adjustment rates to ERT, moderate use of metacognitive strategies, and moderate environmental and personal distractions. Adjusting to ERT was related to gender, age, academic year, environmental and personal distractions, and metacognitive strategies. The findings highlight the different barriers that affected undergraduate students’ adjustments to ERT during the first semester after the COVID-19 pandemic began. The rapid changes to teaching-learning educational platforms are challenging higher education institutes (HEIs) to improve their support for diverse students from different backgrounds and academic experiences.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2022
Most research has examined flipped learning (FL) within the context of face-to-face (F2F) instruction. However, previous research has not effectively explored the possibility of how online synchronous flipped learning influences pre-service teachers (PSTs) in teacher education programs during Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Recognizing the gap in the literature, this paper explored three aspects of online synchronous flipped learning by understanding 1) PSTs' learner engagement, 2) self-directed learning, and 3) learner satisfaction in a Korean university. The data was collected from Korean PST's interviews, reflection notes, and course evaluations. The thematic analysis was used to analyze qualitative data sources. The study findings showed that PSTs favored a synchronous online FL because it encouraged them to engage in various collaborative activities through Zoom breakout sessions. Also, pre-class materials from online FL can positively enhance the PSTs' self-directed learning process. Based on these findings, this study provides suggestions on how to effectively implement online synchronous flipped learning in teacher education programs.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2022
The development of a teacher educator requires a sustained, systematic, and critical inquiry into one’s own practice. The purpose of this study was to explore how two doctoral students, in their first semester of doctoral study, understood how to do physical education teacher education in an introductory teaching method class, through the lens of socialization theory. This was a collaborative self-study using an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Three themes were identified. First, social justice and its sub-themes: (a) challenges in changing habited behaviors, (b) social justice issues embedded in the class material, and (c) understanding diversity, change, and the importance of adaptability. Second, practice-based teacher education and its two sub-themes: (a) alignment between theory and practice, and (b) core teaching practices. Third, adapting to the COVID-19 environment and sub-themes of: (a) environmental constraints, (b) improving while being online, and (c) creating a supportive and caring atmosphere in the breakout sessions. The authors’ recommendations include using self-study as a tool to help doctoral students understand and do teacher education.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2022
Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the educational landscape, creating new professional realities for practicing and future teachers. As teacher educators prepare preservice teachers for the uncertainty of online and in-person teaching, more information is needed around how mentor teachers designed and implemented their emergency online lessons at the beginning of the pandemic. This study explores the topic by analyzing data from 31 mentor teachers surveyed about their teaching experiences between March and June 2020. The findings suggest that most of the mentor teachers defined similar priorities for creating equitable access to their instructional materials. Accordingly, the mentor teachers focused on increasing their students’ access to digital content, designing instruction that considered families’ capacity for support, and encouraging student engagement in online learning. These findings have implications for how teacher educators learn from mentor teachers’ experiences during this unprecedented period, and work to prepare preservice teachers for the challenges and complexities of online teaching—ultimately helping them develop the skills to adapt to future, unfamiliar teaching environments.
Updated: May. 11, 2022
The year 2020 was one of unprecedented uncertainty for initial teacher education (ITE) with newly qualified teachers (NQTs) entering schools in the summer of 2020 still disrupted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, these disruptions have continued into 2021. This study explored the advice a group of NQTs have for student-teachers graduating during the disruptions to education caused by COVID-19. Through the use of a qualitative online survey, NQTs were asked to provide advice to student-teachers graduating this year. The findings provide three pieces of advice for ITE graduates: (1) Be mentally prepared; (2) Be practically prepared; and (3) Be flexible and adaptable. It is hoped that the advice provided by NQTs will help ITE graduates feel better prepared to begin teaching during uncertain times.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2022
A narrative inquiry of teacher educators’ professional agency, identity renegotiations, and emotional responses amid educational disruption
Employing a narrative inquiry, the study explored the way nine teacher educators responded temporally to the emotionally-laden challenges faced during the disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on their enactment of professional agency and renegotiation of their identities. Findings revealed seven conflicting themes located within personal, relational, and contextual spaces. Emotional experiences were further found to direct the dynamic forms of agency enacted, and consequently the consolidation or dismissal of renegotiated identities. The study concludes with the need to support teacher educators’ professional agency as a resource for transformative changes and innovations in teacher education.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2022
Adapting Student Teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Comparison of Perspectives and Experiences
Elementary student teachers in both a yearlong and one-semester student teaching design were impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This phenomenon forced the closure of placement schools and their universities, and drastically changed the roles and responsibilities of student teachers. This qualitative phenomenology study sought to capture and describe the lived experiences through two different student teaching designs and their student teaching coordinators. This manuscript reports findings from analysis of student teacher and student teaching coordinator surveys that describe both beneficial and disappointing preparation experiences, as they navigated the ever-changing educational environment of student teaching during the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lived experiences of these student teachers captured how varying educational learning and teaching experiences were impacted due to the pandemic. Throughout these lived experiences, student teaching coordinators of both student teaching designs became an integral part of the communication chain for student teachers.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2022
Attempting to Implement A Pedagogy of Care during the Disruptions to Teacher Education Caused by COVID-19: A Collaborative Self-Study
This article reports on a collaborative self-study conducted by the authors (two teacher educators) as they attempted to implement a pedagogy of care during the disruptions to teacher education caused by COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, they were required to conduct their teacher education courses synchronously online through video-conferencing software. Although this mode of instruction allowed them to continue teaching despite the restrictions necessitated by COVID-19, the relational aspect of teaching and the role of care seemed to be limited and became an important concern for them. Through self-study, they aimed to improve their online teaching practices by enacting a pedagogy of care during one full semester. They detail their attempts to conceptualise a pedagogy of care for the online classroom, begin their courses from a position of care and prioritize and maintain care throughout the semester. They also present the ongoing challenges they experienced in implementing a pedagogy of care online. While recognising that everyone has been affected by COVID-19 in different ways, they hope through sharing their experiences, others can learn from them and conceptualise and implement a pedagogy of care in their contexts.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2021
Online instructional experiences in an unchartered field - The challenges of student-teachers of a Ghanaian College of Education
Student satisfaction is the pinnacle upon which any effective online learning hinges. It is for that reason, educators design course activities that allow students to effectively practice, work together on relevant projects to personalize their learning. In emerging institutions like the Colleges of Education in Ghana that are traditionally inclined toward teachers’ professional development through conventional face-to-face interaction, online education became the medium of interaction for the first time to promote social distancing in response to COVID-19 pandemic while enhancing access and continuous professional development of the human resources for the education sector. This basic qualitative study examined the conduct of online teaching in a traditional face-to-face educational system in Ghana. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews revealed that the basic infrastructure for online teaching and learning is absent. Specifically, student trainees are saddled by poor internet connectivity, high cost of data in an emergency remote teaching environment. Due to these challenges, a significant proportion of the participating student-teachers wouldn’t choose online learning for their work and professional development. In view of this, the study recommends policy makers to institutionalize online education into the curricula of all professional institutions of higher education in Ghana.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2021