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Title: Palestinian mothers’ perceptions about online learning at public and private elementary schools during COVID-19: challenges and recommendations
Authors: Hamad, Fatima Khalil 
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- - Social aspects - Palestine;Education - Parent participation - Palestine;Online learning;Palestinian education
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2021
Publisher: Modestum
Source: Hamad, F. K. (2021). Palestinian Mothers’ Perceptions about Online Learning at Public and Private Elementary Schools during COVID-19: Challenges and Recommendations. Pedagogical Research, 6(3), em0098.
Journal: Pedagogical Research Journal 
Abstract: Abstract This research study investigated Palestinian mothers’ perceptions about online learning due to the sudden shift to online learning under COVID-19. The study focuses on the time period: March 5, 2020 to August, 2020 before the new school year 2020/2021 began. The primary purpose was to reveal the challenges mothers of children in grades 1-4 faced while helping their children learn at home. The researcher distributed an online questionnaire to a sample of mothers in Ramallah area, Palestine to which 131 mothers responded. Out of that sample, 8 mothers were interviewed. Results indicate that mothers found online learning extremely challenging, especially mothers who worked. Although they realized this was an emergency situation, they recounted a lack of preparation, a lack of technology, ineffective, uninteresting, and demotivating online instruction, and a lack of overall Ministry preparation for such a crisis. Recommendations are offered to minimize such challenges in the future under the same or similar situations.
Description: This is an open access research article written by Fatima Khalil Hamad
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