1st Edition

Lessons from the Transition to Pandemic Education in the US Analyses of Parent, Student, and Educator Experiences

    164 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume narrates and shares the often-unheard voices of students, parents, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through close analysis of their lived experiences, the book identifies key patterns, pitfalls, and lessons learnt from pandemic education.

    Drawing on contributions from all levels of the US education system, the book situates these myriad voices and perspectives within a prismatic theory framework in order to recognise how these views and experiences interconnect. Detailed narrative and phenomenological analysis also call attention to patterns of inequality, reduced social and emotional well-being, pressures on parents, and the role of communication, flexibility, and teacher-led innovation. Chapters are interchanged with interludes that showcase a lyrical and authentic approach to understanding the multiplicity of experience in the text.

    Providing a valuable contribution to the contemporary field of pandemic education research, this volume will be of interest to researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in the sociology of education, online teaching and eLearning, and those involved with the digitalization of education at all levels. Those more broadly interested in educational research methods and the effects of home-schooling will also benefit.

    Introduction: Introducing the Prismatic Lens and Pandemic Education
    Marni E. Fisher, Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Meredith A. Dorner, and Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi

    Chapter 1: Elementary Stories
    Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi, Marni E. Fisher, Veronica Bloomfield, Frances Hansell, Leslie C. Whitaker, and James St. Amant

    Interlude: Expendable Lives
    Anna V. Wilson

    Chapter 2: Middle School Stories
    Veronica Bloomfield, Gregory Warren, Susan M. Gapinski, and Marni E. Fisher

    Interlude: A New Vision of Special Education
    Elizabeth Burke

    Chapter 3: High School Stories
    Joey Liu, Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Sarah Gapinski, and Marni E. Fisher

    Interlude: Ritual Returns
    Joey Liu

    Chapter 4: Community College Stories
    Meredith A. Dorner, Marni E. Fisher, Amber Bogdan, and Tara Falce

    Interlude: Hear Thee, Our Plea
    Mousumi De and Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi

    Chapter 5: University Stories
    Holly Pearson, Marni E. Fisher, Kevin Stockbridge, and Gregory Warren

    Interlude: The Duality of Masks
    Suki Fisher

    Chapter 6: Graduate Education
    Kevin Stockbridge, Marni E. Fisher, Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi, Mina Chun, and Tammy Bachrach

    Interlude: 23 May 2020
    Elizabeth Peale Hind

    Chapter 7: Patterns in Pandemic Education: What Does it All Mean?
    Marni E. Fisher, Tammy Bachrach, Holly Pearson, Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi, Veronica Bloomfield, Meredith A. Dorner, Mina Chun, Elizabeth Burke, Tara Falce, Joey Yung-Jun Liu, Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Amber Bogdan, Frances Hansell, Kevin Stockbridge, Leslie C. Whitaker, Gregory Warren, Susan M. Gapinski, James St. Amant, Sarah Gapinski, and Anna V. Wilson 

    Afterword: Voices in Isolation
    Marni E. Fisher, Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Holly Pearson, Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi, Meredith A. Dorner, and Mina Chun


    Marni E. Fisher is Associate Faculty in the Department of English Education, Saddleback College, USA.

    Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of EDSP Programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Redlands University, USA.

    Charlotte Achieng-Evensen is a K-12 educator and academic, USA.

    Meredith A. Dorner is Professor in the Biology department at Irvine Valley College, USA.

    Holly Pearson is Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies, Smith College, USA.

    Mina Chun is Assistant Professor of Special Education, Governors State University, USA.