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Utmaningar och möjligheter vid övergången till distansundervisning under pandemin: En kvalitativ studie om högstadielärares perspektiv på användningen av digitala verktyg
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT.
2022 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this study is to investigate which adaptations upper secondary school teachers had to make during the pandemic, as well as which challenges and opportunities have arisen with the use of digital tools in distance education during the pandemic. The study is aimed at gaining insight into teachers’ experiences, specifically regarding the use of the digital tools during the pandemic. In order to answer the purpose of the essay, the following question has been formulated: What opportunities and challenges has the use of digital tools in distance education during the pandemic brought for the professional role of the secondary school teacher?The authors of this study have chosen to use a semi-structured group interview method for data collection. The interviews are conducted in groups so that the respondents can come up with answers through discussion. The sample is a private organization, the respondents are teachers from grade 7 to grade 9, who were active as teachers during the pandemic and have experience in distance learning. The authors recorded and then transcribed the interviews and performed a thematic analysis of the collected data. The study's conclusion came to the conclusion that although Covid-19 has accelerated digitization in schools and affected teachers and students in negative ways, it has also brought positive changes. In a way, the Cid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for school reforms. Digital teaching during Covid-19 has led to new skills for both students and teachers. Teachers have had to be flexible and have had to adapt and re-plan lessons to try to maintain the quality of education. Information sharing has improved under the distance education format, digital tools such as Teams, Google Classroom improved information sharing. Due to improved information sharing, teachers have experienced less physical stress. The teachers have become better at solving IT-related problems. The teachers gained new and improved knowledge of new technology and have gained a better picture of the school's digitization. It was more difficult to maintain order in the digital classroom than in the physical classroom, the teachers did more police work than usual. The quality of the lessons has deteriorated because teachers have used unproven activities during distance learning. Teachers' workload has become heavier. The continued efforts post-covid will be more important than the efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic when it comes to elementary school. Teachers and students should be consulted about the school's digitization and the technical tools offered for distance learning. The technology should not guide the development forward here, but the users should guide the development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
Distance learning, upper secondaryschool, secondaryschool teachers, digitization, digital tools, digital maturity, Covid-19
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19335Local ID: EXI500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19335DiVA, id: diva2:1707273
Subject / course
Informatics
Educational program
Informatik
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Available from: 2022-11-07 Created: 2022-10-31 Last updated: 2022-11-07Bibliographically approved

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