Title: Teacher-Parent Issues Related to Adolescents During COVID-19
Stream: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Asnat Dor, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel
Inbar Gelt, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel
This study acknowledges the importance of effective communication between teachers and parents for the benefit of the children. It focuses on teachers' experience with parents of adolescents parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring the main issues they had to address to maintain ongoing interaction and communication.
The inevitable increase in the use of digital technologies, and the mandated social distancing were found to be correlated to an increase in adolescents' apathy and avoidance of active participation in classes. Disruption of routine, social distancing, and closures, confronted adolescents' self-perception and environment and affected their cognitive, health, and mental abilities, possibly linked to adolescents’ clinical symptoms, among them anxiety, depression, self-harm, and substance abuse. Teachers themselves were undergoing new challenges that demanded they adjust their work and support to students and parents. Method: Participants were 18 teachers (15 women, 3 men) in junior-high schools and high schools mostly in north Israel. Semi-structured in-depth non-directive interviews were conducted to gather the participants' descriptions of their experiences regarding communication with adolescents' parents during the pandemic. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed, themes and categories defined.
Findings (Research is still in process): Confusion, need to focus on oneself, stress due to multiple expectations and being unable to satisfy all parents were among the main themes identified. Conclusions: Teachers need more support to maintain collaboration with parents, especially in times of crisis.
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