1. McLennan, C., Mercieca, D., & Mercieca, D. (2020). What can I do? Teachers, students and families in relationship during COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland. Malta Review of Educational Research, 14(2), 163-181.
2. Teaching and learning in lockdown in Scotland – Scottish Education Research Association – Inclusive Practice Network Seminar
Thursday 12 November 2020
This seminar concerns a research project inquiring about the lockdown experience of primary school teachers and Head Teachers in Scotland. In-depth interviews to 60 primary school educators were carried out by members of staff at the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. The purpose of the study is to gain insight into the lived experiences of primary school educators in Scotland who are delivering the curriculum from home, and/or working in the hubs, and to explore the impact of such experiences on their views of teaching, learning and curriculum. We will explain some of the themes elicited from the interviews, which themes are corroborated by the participants’ responses. These themes are in response to the research question: What are educators’ experiences of teaching from home/in hub during the Covid-19 lockdown in Scotland?
3. Primary school teachers’ thinking about transitions during COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland
13th January 2021, through Microsoft Teams
This presentation is based on a study carried out by a group of researchers at the School of Education and Social Work in the University of Dundee. The purpose of the study was to gain insight into the lived experiences of primary school educators in Scotland delivering the curriculum from home, and/or working in the hubs, and to explore the impact of such experiences on their identities as teachers and on their views of teaching, learning and curriculum, in response to the research question: What are educators’ experiences of teaching from home/in hub during the Covid-19 lockdown in Scotland?
This presentation focuses particularly on themes emerging from teachers’ responses when asked about the transitions which are part of life in a school year. Teachers referred to children in early years entering into formal schooling after the forthcoming summer, and to children in their last year of primary school and their preparation for high school. Reference was also made to children’s coping with the transitions caused by the pandemic and the school lockdown, particularly the experiences of children with additional support needs.
The presentation will also touch upon prospective plans that teachers and schools made to substitute formal celebrations of transitions to online ceremonies.
4. Papers in progress
- Primary Head Teachers’ construction and re-negotiation of care in COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland. Ferguson, P., McKenzie, M., Mercieca, D., Mercieca, D.P., Sutherland, L. Review in progress by Frontiers in Education
- Teachers working in special schools in Scotland acting with practical wisdom: supporting children with additional needs in COVID-19 lockdown in Teachers and Teaching theory and practice. Mercieca, D., Mercieca, D.P., Ward, K.
- Currently being written: papers focussing on teachers’ perceptions of families in lockdown; teachers’ engagement with ICT in lockdown; teachers’ understanding of children’s learning during lockdown; issues of social justice during lockdown from teachers’ perspectives; transitions during lockdown.