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