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ERIC Number: EJ1257172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
"We Always Make It Work": Teachers' Agency in the Time of Crisis
Gudmundsdottir, Greta Björk; Hathoway, Dawn M.
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v28 n2 p239-250 2020
As of mid-April 2020, 1.5 billion learners were affected by school closures across 191 countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic (UNESCO, 2020). During the weeks of school closures, teachers were expected to become online teachers overnight. As teacher educators, we were curious about teachers' readiness for online practice. In the Teachers' Readiness Online (TRIO) survey (Gudmundsdottir & Hathaway, 2020), distributed internationally, we collected perspectives from 1186 teachers about their experiences related to online teaching in the early weeks of COVID-19 school closures. In this paper, we present preliminary data from Norwegian and US teachers related to previous experiences with online teaching and elaborations on readiness. We examined data for evidence of pedagogical, ethical, attitudinal, and technical (PEAT) dimensions (Dicte, 2019) to determine how teachers' agency was activated in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings highlight that despite teachers' inexperience and unpreparedness for online teaching, they were moderately prepared to use various digital tools and willing to make online learning work for them and their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; United States
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