Parents as educators during lockdown: juggling multiple simultaneous roles to ‘keep atop’ home-schooling amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Abstract

As from the first quarter of 2020, the spotlight in global news has shone brightly on the Covid-19 pandemic story. One of the major shifts occurred in education as efforts to stem the spread of the virus prompted school closures. Schools gradually shifted to online teaching, and parents were thus forced to combine their regular jobs with supporting the education of their children. Through the collection of qualitative data from focus groups held with various stakeholders, this paper seeks to explore the emerging home-schooling scenario in Malta and the unplanned for and unprecedented adaptation to an online education environment, in order to examine the novel challenges and tensions that emerged between family, school and work. Despite being conducted in a relatively small nation state, this study offers the possibility of opening a dialogue within the global context with ramifications of a new paradigm shift in education, re-shaped by the novel coronavirus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Educational Administration and History
Early online date19 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Education crisis
  • home-schooling
  • inequality
  • online teaching
  • pandemic
  • parents
  • school closures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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