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Challenges of providing distance additional professional assistance

Špela Kaiser (2022) Challenges of providing distance additional professional assistance. MSc thesis.

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    The covid-19 epidemic has, among other changes, also brought changes to the field of education by implementing distance learning for several months. As a result, additional professional support for students with special needs, who take part in educational programs with adapted delivery and additional professional support, was also provided remotely. Providers of additional professional support had to adapt the way in which the additional support was delivered by considering and foreseeing the individual characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, and specific needs of each student. As distance learning offers a range of different communication possibilities between participants, our survey - conducted as an online questionnaire - aimed to find out how the providers of additional professional support contacted learners. Results show that providers of additional support faced various challenges and difficulties related to working directly with students, for example the use of ICT, the organization itself, cooperation with teachers, parents and other professionals, and the preparation and implementation of the additional support. Nevertheless, there are also some advantages of providing additional help at a distance, which we have documented through our research. The results also showed how providers of additional professional support acquired new skills during distance learning, what they learned and how these lessons could be transferred to the regular additional professional support in schools.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: challenges, children with special needs, additional professional support, distance learning, covid-19
    Number of Pages: 50
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Ingrid Žolgar JerkovićMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/114660611
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7278
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2022 11:01
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2022 11:01
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7278

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