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Parents’ Perspectives on Remote Learning in the Pandemic Context

Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, University of Latvia, LV1083 Riga, Latvia
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Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 3640; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073640
Received: 20 February 2021 / Revised: 20 March 2021 / Accepted: 23 March 2021 / Published: 25 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Technologies for Sustainable Education)
In the spring of 2020, when the entire education system worldwide switched to distance learning, parents became key learning agents, helping students to understand how to continue learning, how to use digital solutions and how to support students in this process. This article summarizes parents’ views on the distance learning process and the challenges they faced. This is part of a larger study carried out within the project “Life with COVID-19: Evaluation of the overcoming coronavirus crisis in Latvia and recommendations for social resilience in the future” (CoLife), which was launched in Latvia in the summer of 2020 and analyzed what digital learning tools schools can use to support students in their learning. Parents’ views on 738 school-age children (313 responses about 1st–4th graders; 362 responses for 5th–9th graders and 63 responses for 10th–12th graders) were obtained, and the main conclusions were that after parents became learning agents, they would have liked more support from educators to understand how to support their children in the learning process. Parents would also have liked schools to be interested in how their children are doing and whether everything necessary is available. Overall, it can be concluded that in this crisis, parents tried to support their children, and in most cases, it was the mothers of the students who provided this support, but it was primarily based on the need to use digital technologies, which means that children whose parents do not use digital technologies may be more exposed to the danger of falling into a risk group with larger educational gaps. View Full-Text
Keywords: remote learning; homeschooling; parent support; parent voice; COVID-19; pandemic discourse; general education remote learning; homeschooling; parent support; parent voice; COVID-19; pandemic discourse; general education
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Daniela, L.; Rubene, Z.; Rūdolfa, A. Parents’ Perspectives on Remote Learning in the Pandemic Context. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3640. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073640

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