När klassrummet försvinner : En kvalitativ studie om hur distans- och fjärrundervisning påverkar lärarens professionella ledarskap

Detta är en Uppsats för yrkesexamina på avancerad nivå från Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för statsvetenskap (ST)

Sammanfattning: This study means to examine and map out teachers' professional leadership and how distance learning has affected the quality of that leadership in the situation of having the physical classroom removed and new practical and social conditions to rule the everyday school life, caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. To get a more nuanced insight in the different kinds of classrooms, teachings and the leadership that surrounds them I have studied both the teachers and students perspectives on the situation to compare them. It’s a qualitative study with a focus on reaching teachers and students personal experiences and thoughts through semi structured interviews as its main method. I limited my study to being on teachers and students from different high schools in the Blekinge and Kronoberg regions and used personal interviews with the teachers and small group interviews with the teachers' respective students. The overall results of my study shows that the conditions for effective leadership had been limited in several aspects. The most prominent being different social aspects of leadership, classroom management and teaching. The general experience were difficulties in communication and the ability to build and maintain relations and also problems with the ability of teachers to read their class’ different needs and respond to them efficiently due to missing body language and facial expressions of distance learning. The students'needs boiled down to adjustments in response to their increasing lack of motivation in their studies and need for further and easier contact with their teachers for questions and help. The study also revealed that the teaching situations needed to be a bit more fun and interactive to help restore the social needs but that the best for all would be to return to the normal physical classroom as soon as possible to ensure improvements in wellbeing and ability to learn for the majority of people. 

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