Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Research in Education
Parents’ Perspective of Distant Learning for their Children with Disabilities During Covid19 Pandemic
Basmah Fahad Alshahrani
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant influence on the worldwide educational system. Almost all educational systems around the world were forced to transfer their educational system from face to face education to distant education. The impact of such transformation was particularly clear among students with disabilities and their parents. Parents found themselves facing a new roles and responsibilities with educating their children with disabilities totally online.
The main focus of this research is parents’ perception of educating their children with disabilities in fully online learning environment as a result of school closure due to Covid19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 5 Saudi mothers whose children with disabilities are educated in an online learning environment. The interview centred on the following topics: parent’s role, parental involvement, teaching and evaluation, school communication and assistance, and barriers to effective parents engagement.
The main findings, which were established after analysing the semi-structured interviews, revealed that parents found themselves facing a big responsibilities and having a new role such as teaching their children with disabilities which used to be the special teachers’ role. In the same time they seem to consider this experience as a chance that belt a stronger connection with school and they felt more involved in their children’s education than ever.
keywords: Disabilities, distant education, parent perceptions, Covid19 pandemic, parent involvement.