EVALUATION OF THE EFFECT OF DISTANCE EDUCATION ON CHILDREN IN PRE-SCHOOL PERIOD: PARENTAL VIEWS
This research is aimed to investigate the effects of distance education on preschool children. In this study, in order to investigate the effect of distance education on children by the parents of children going to the preschool institution, a case study based on qualitative data made with semi-structured interview technique was analyzed by content analysis method. The work carried out during the epidemic of COVID-19 experienced in 2019-2020 was discussed remotely with the parents of children in preschool education, which went to public and private schools. The participants are made up of 34 parents, but the majority are women. The majority of the children whose parents were evaluated in the study were found to be boys between the ages of 4-7, and went to private school. Other results obtained in the study were found that distance education is not sufficient in terms of supporting the development of children, it does not provide an advantage for children to learn, and the biggest disadvantage is that there is no interaction between the child and the teacher. It has been determined that the dimension of distance education that can be considered as an advantage in the pandemic process is that it provides access to the lessons taught and gives the opportunity again.
Keywords: Child, parent, preschool period, preschool education, distance education, Covid-19.
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