A Case for Adaptability: Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Preservice Teachers’ Culminating Field Experiences

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The Teacher Educator


The purpose of this qualitative study was to gain insight into the lived experiences of preservice teachers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, including how such experiences impacted their perceptions of self-efficacy and pedagogical readiness. The participants were preservice teachers (both graduate and undergraduate) enrolled in an educator preparation program who fulfilled their student teaching requirements during the fall 2020 semester. Data collection included an initial survey, semi-structured interviews, and a focus group discussion. Findings from our data suggest that teacher candidates taught in a variety of highly nuanced configurations. While some were teaching in strictly virtual or face-to-face settings, the majority were teaching across multiple modalities and therefore, carrying an increased workload. Findings also point to the importance of adaptability and self-efficacy as participants integrated health and safety protocols into their classroom practices, navigated altered modes of teaching, and overcame concerns for their personal safety.



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