Practicum During Covid-19 Pandemic: Challenges of Students Teachers Early Childhood Education in Teaching and Learning Online
Praktikum ketika Pandemik COVID-19: Cabaran siswa guru Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak dalam pengajaran secara dalam talian
Keywords:COVID-19, teacher students, practicum, online teaching, technology
This study aimed to identify the problems or issues faced by early childhood education teacher students and the challenges they faced in implementing online teaching during practicum during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In addition, this study also aims to explore the needs of early childhood education teacher students to improve the implementation of online teaching and learning during practicum. This study uses a qualitative approach. with case study design. A total of 5 teacher students specializing in Early Childhood Education were involved as the study sample. Interview instruments were used to obtain data for this study. The data collected will be analyzed involving 3 stages, namely the data management stage, the reduction stage and the category production stage. Interview data will be coded and categorized based on predefined themes. Findings show that the problems or issues faced by student teachers are poor internet access, high internet subscription costs, less active involvement of children in teaching and learning, lack of support from parents, changes in teaching new norms and limited technological knowledge of teacher students. While the challenges faced by student teachers in implementing online teaching are the difficulties in building technology -based teaching and learning materials, selection of appropriate approaches and strategies and aspects of mentoring in supervisory guidance. In addition, the findings of the study also show that there is a need for improvement in the implementation of online teaching among student teachers, especially in the aspects of teacher training, communication skills and assessment of practicum supervision.
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