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South African Journal of Communication Disorders

On-line version ISSN 2225-4765
Print version ISSN 0379-8046


NAIDOO, Urisha et al. Speech-language therapy educator reflections on the planning and implementation of education and training during the COVID-19 pandemic. S. Afr. J. Commun. Disord. [online]. 2022, vol.69, n.2, pp.1-10. ISSN 2225-4765.

BACKGROUND: Universities across the world experienced lockdown and closure of all learning institutions around March 2020 because of the advent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This lockdown and closure presented challenges to the traditional pedagogical approaches in the health sciences, which typically include both campus-based and clinical site-focused activities involving face-to-face interactions and work integrated learning. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a shift to emergency remote teaching (ERT) and learning OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore speech-language pathology (SLP) educators' experiences of the planning and implementation of ERT and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic METHOD: A qualitative, descriptive narrative design was adopted to meet the objectives of the study. Seven SLP educators from a single university in South Africa participated in this study by constructing narratives on their experiences. The narratives were analysed using thematic analysis RESULTS: Five themes emerged from the data analysis, and these included (1) uncertainty, (2) educator feelings, (3) capacity development, (4) influence of circumstances on teaching, learning and assessment and (5) troubleshooting. Current findings provide insight into the challenges encountered and strategies utilised by educators in planning and implementing ERT and learning CONCLUSION: Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, most educators believe that a hybrid model would address some concerns identified, such as that of missing face-to-face contact, but that it would still allow for the full exploitation of online activities for teaching, learning and assessment required during clinical training

Keywords : COVID-19; emergency remote teaching and learning; narrative research; South Africa; speech-language pathology; speech-language therapy educators.

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