The Nature Of Special Education Teachers Post Covid 19 Pandemic: A Brief Study From The Field

Document Type : Primary Research paper

Authors

1 Cluster of Education and Social Sciences, Open University Malaysia

2 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Ministry of Defence, Brunei Darussalam

3 Universiti Malaya

4 Institut AminuddinBaki, Malaysia

Abstract

The Covid 19 pandemic posed a major disaster to various sectors. This pandemic attack has crippled certain sectors that have long stood firmly. With this pandemic as well, human beings are forced to live life with new norms. Constraints and challenges related to this pandemic are also felt by the education sector, especially in special education. New norms and global challenges make teaching methods and management of students with special needs more challenging. This situation has also changed the perspective and way of teachers in performing tasks. This qualitative study was conducted to explore the views of special education teachers regarding their appearance and thinking after the end of this pandemic. An online interview session was conducted with 10 fellow special education teachers in BatuPahat district, Johor, Malaysia. A thematic analysis was conducted and the results found that, special education teachers will come out of this pandemic with a new perspective, namely proficient in using gadgets, ready with alternative plans for each item and working between teachers more closely. The findings of this study are expected to help the parties involved in improving self-competence and hopefully be able to provide a basic overview to the next researcher to conduct further research.

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