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Title: Early childhood and lockdown: The challenge of building a virtual mutual support network between children, families and school for sustainable education and increasing their well-being
Author: Cano-Hila, Ana Belén
Argemí-Baldich, Rafel
Keywords: COVID-19
Estratègies d'aprenentatge
Sistemes virtuals (Informàtica)
Aprenentatge electrònic
Desenvolupament sostenible
Learning strategies
Virtual computer systems
Web-based instruction
Sustainable development
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is questioning the achievement of main challenges we face as a society, for instance, to ensure a free, equitable, and good quality compulsory education for all children or to reduce social inequality. During the spring lockdown, particularly in Spain, schools were closed for six months and a process of virtualization of teaching was total; that context generated important educational challenges. This paper presents and analyses forms of digital reciprocity and solidarity among pre-primary education children, families, and teachers, by presenting a case study of the parents' WhatsApp class groups and a collaborative YouTube channel. The procedure developed was netnography and the data analysis followed the model of grounded theory. Both digital spaces created by parents have become a network of mutual support. It has had multiple positive impacts: (i) providing and receiving social support; (ii) generating dynamics of reciprocity and empowerment; and (iii) activating values that generate a sense of community (feeling of belonging, trust, etc.). The case study shows how virtual networks increase the subjective well-being of participants in a difficult context and also invites reflection about the key role of cultural capital of the parents as a key element in the conditions of educability of children, especially in e-learning of pre-primary education.
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It is part of: Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, num. 7, p. 3654
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ISSN: 2071-1050
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