Teaching and Learning in a Time of Corona: A Social Work Experience

Roni Berger, Alissa Mallow, Kari Tabag, Chireau Toree White, Cheryl Fiore, Adam Schachar, Estee Hirsch

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Preliminary results of a qualitative study of the lived experience of teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic are presented. An instructor, a program director and five doctoral students in different stages of their coursework and dissertation proposal development, wrote a reflective journal. Participants varied in their levels of familiarity with technology-assisted education, personal backgrounds and circumstances including work and family responsibilities. Participants’ journals documenting their reactions, struggles and coping since the abrupt move of the university from face to face to online classes were content analyzed. The analysis was co-conducted by five participants to identify themes and generate understanding of the experience. Two main themes emerged from the analysis: a developmental process of participants’ reactions, perceptions and meaning making of the experience and factors that shaped it. Lessons learned are discussed and recommendations for professional education and directions for future research are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Coping
  • Learning during crisis
  • Pandemic
  • Reflective journal
  • Teaching during crisis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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