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UOCE Research Seminar "Innovation, communicaiton and care: Response to COVID-19 in a primary school in Aotearoa, New Zealand"

College of Education Research Seminar: Dr Sylvia Robertson presents "Innovation, communication and care: Response to COVID-19 in a primary school in Aotearoa, New Zealand."

Schools are vulnerable to change in political, economic and social circumstances. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted New Zealand school communities across all three fronts.

This presentation focuses on an urban primary school, providing insights into how the school leadership team, teachers, students and the local community were affected.

The pandemic exacerbated educational inequities already present when, as a result of the requirement to move learning online, the digital divide widened for many children (Mutch, 2020). For school leaders, already aware of the hardships faced by their communities, swift action was required to support teaching and learning as the country went into lockdown in March 2020.

The research reported here was part of a multiple case study. Data collection included five semistructured interviews with the principal and a member of his senior leadership team during 2020 and 2021. Data was transcribed, coded, and analysed using constant comparative analysis. Insight is provided into the leadership skills and attributes needed to negotiate the rapidly changing landscape brought about by COVID-19.

The voices of the participants are heard as they innovate, communicate, and demonstrate an ethic of care within their school community.

As the pandemic continues, and issues of educational inequity remain, findings suggest a new kind of school leadership is emerging.

Date Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Postgraduate students,Staff
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
CampusDunedin
LocationUOCE Education Resource Centre G.01, 157 Union Street East, Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameHana Mangai
Contact Emaileducation@otago.ac.nz

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