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Title: A COACTION model to explore remote teacher and learning support educator collaboration during COVID19 school closure in Malta
Authors: Sciberras, Claire
Schembri, Heathcliff
Keywords: Web-based instruction -- Malta
Instructional systems -- Malta
Teaching -- Computer network resources
Team learning approach in education -- Malta
Issue Date: 2020-12
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Sciberras, C., & Schembri, H. (2020). A COACTION model to explore remote teacher and learning support educator collaboration during COVID19 school closure in Malta. Malta Review of Educational Research, 14(2), 183-210.
Abstract: It has become the norm for primary classrooms in Maltese state schools to host a primary school teacher and one or more Learning Support Educators. Although these two roles are distinct in their nature and description, they are equally important for effective classroom management. The most successful and inspiring scenarios, enabling all students to succeed, occur when both roles within the teaching team collaborate successfully (Mulholland & O’Connor, 2016). Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, schools in Malta were closed until the end of the scholastic year. Teaching and learning processes saw a shift from the four walls of the physical classroom to remote classrooms in the online world. The purpose of this study was to explore remote teacher collaboration during the physical closure of schools in Malta through the lens of a model which was identified for the purposes of this work – the COACTION Model. This model was developed through a systematic literature review grounded in evidence-based exemplar characteristics for teacher collaboration. A qualitative study based on the experience of six teaching teams was conducted through semi-structured interviews. A deductive thematic analysis followed the interviews. This paper discusses the experiences of teachers and Learning Support Educators working remotely, and shows whether and how they implemented the elements outlined in the COACTION Model.
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