The Impact of Virtual Exchange on Teachers’ Professional Isolation (73950)

Session Information: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Session Chair: Enrico Rosales

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:25
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In an age of increasing complexity, there is a growing sense of teacher isolation, often leading to professional attrition. Teachers' professional isolation seemed exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdowns. This study aims to establish whether and how participation in VALIANT Virtual Exchanges (VE) can help overcome teachers’ sense of isolation. VALIANT, an EU-funded research project, aims to identify participation in VE programmes that contribute to overcoming teachers’ sense of isolation and low motivation often experienced by teachers in rural areas and in isolated contexts. It also supports the development of teachers’ ability to operate effectively in online international networks of professional collaboration.

Data was gathered from teacher participants’ responses related to the topic of isolation in pre, mid and post-surveys completed in three 6-week online exchanges rounds. A coding framework was created based on the literature review and inductive analysis of sample data from a pilot. Three categories of isolation were used for deductive coding in NVivo: physical, administrative, and emotional isolation. Key findings indicate that taking part in the VE did reduce their sense of isolation. Teachers found that sharing similar concerns, issues and feelings, and raising the awareness of the importance of their network of colleagues for their professional well-being mitigated feelings of isolation. The VEs promote positive collegial interactions, benefiting teachers' professional growth and alleviating emotional isolation. These and other key findings will be presented.

Authors:
Xiaoting Yu, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Melinda Dooly, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Margarida Morgado, Castelo Branco Polytechnic University, Portugal
Gabriella von Lieres und Wilkau, University of Education Weingarten, Germany
Ute Massler, University of Education Weingarten, Germany
Carina Schönberg, University of Education Weingarten, Germany


About the Presenter(s)
Ms Xiaoting Yu is a University Doctoral Student at Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain

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