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What makes a great teacher during a pandemic?

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JournalJournal of Education for Teaching
DateAccepted/In press - 8 Aug 2021
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many assumptions underlying education,
including those related to the qualities that are most essential to being an effective
teacher. We interviewed 23 state primary and secondary school teachers about what
makes a great teacher during a pandemic. Two themes were identified: caring for
pupil wellbeing, and dealing with uncertainty. Teachers reported that the need to
demonstrate these qualities, while always important, has intensified during COVID-
19. These findings indicate that teacher education and professional development
programmes may benefit from recognising and assisting teachers to develop these
qualities.

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  • COVID-19, teachers, social and emotional characteristics, thematic analysis

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