What can I do? Teachers, students and families in relationship during COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland

Carrie McLennan, Daniela Mercieca (Lead / Corresponding author), Duncan Mercieca

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Abstract

Engaging with the ethics of care as developed by Nel Noddings, this paper unpacks the perceptions of three primary teachers working in Scotland during COVID-19 lockdown. Noddings constructs her ethics of care as relational. This focus on the ‘relation’ is central to the paper and the three themes that emerged from analysing the in-depth interviews conducted with the teachers show different facets of the relations teachers were engaged in during the lockdown. The first theme looks at the teachers’ work during COVID-19 lockdown as embedded within a larger Scottish discourse that has care as central to its formation. The second theme discussed the idea of reciprocity – care ethics focuses on acknowledgment of the relation between the carer and the cared for. The third theme focuses on parents as being intermediary between the teachers and students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-181
Number of pages19
JournalMalta Review of Educational Research
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19 lockdown
  • Scottish primary teachers
  • ethics of care
  • Nell Noddings
  • students

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