REMOTE TEACHING IN THE EARLY YEARS: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF TEACHERS OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN DURING THE PANDEMIC
Long Island University (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Conference name: 15th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 7-9 November, 2022
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Research indicates that an educator’s belief system is reflected in the way they structure the learning environment. Their values and belief system have the potential to positively impact school readiness through an understanding of children’s development and the creation of a stable, motivating environment (Goble, Hanish, Martin, Eggum-Wilkens, Foster. 2016; Ntumi, 2016). Based on the premise that the social environment influences the development of social skills, knowledge construct, and shared values of young children, this study examined verbal and nonverbal exchanges between early childhood teachers and their preschool students within the context of remote learning. Using the qualitative method of data collection, the study determined to what extent teachers influenced cultural and sub-cultural norms within the remote learning environment. The teacher’s use of intentional socialization to promote child-centric and family-centric practices within a remote setting will be discussed. At the same time, using a sociocultural approach to the study of early childhood development in preschool settings, the study examined how the social skills transmitted by teachers revealed cultural and subcultural norms. The study likewise examined how social skills acquired by young children were transmitted (verbally or nonverbally) in their interactions with peers. By examining the dynamics of social exchanges between teachers and children, the findings of the study underscore the importance of providing support for preschool students as they apply acquired values and shared practices within a remote learning environment. During the presentation, the potential of distance learning in early childhood education as a means to establish continuity in learning, support young children’s social and emotional transitions, and strengthen the partnership between home and school will be discussed. The implications of teachers and parents working collaboratively to support student learning will be examined. The presentation will further examine the importance of preparing teachers to be resourceful, adaptable, and innovative to ensure that learning takes place across a variety of modes and settings.
Keywords: Preschool Remote Learning, Distance Education, Early Childhood Education.