From Ladle to Chalk and Pencil: Parents in the New Normal of Philippine Education System
Hermenegildo F. Samoy Jr., Flordeliza C. Gecobe, Dakila Carlo E. Cua, Romiro G. Bautista, Arben Gibson G. Camayang, Jorge G. Saddul Sr., Elenita B. Ugot, Felimendo M. Felipe
Universal Journal of Educational Research
COVID-19, a pandemic that has engulfed the whole world, has posted paradigm shifts in all aspects of life's procedures and activities: one of these is our educational institutions from basic to higher education. Due to the health risks and protocols posted by concerned agencies, the opening of classes for the School Year 2020-2021 imposes parental engagement. Aimed at exploring the experiences of a group of parents in undergoing a webinar series centered on their tasks as parent-tutors in the
... w normal, this study employed Qualitative Research Design using Case Study as strategy for inquiry. The two major themes generated in the study, parents in the new normal and parents' problems in the new normal, amplified the inevitable roles and challenges of parent-tutors. Themes under the parents in new normal include Understanding the new normal (webinar: learning at home and learning the trend), Parenting (Assisting children in online classes and Assisting teachers in teaching), Building connection (Open communication and Rapport with colleagues), and Doing rewards and punishment while the Parents' Problems in the new normal include Playful children and Internet connectivity (Indulgence to gadgets and Liberty to search the internet). It was concluded that parents need to be educated for them to function well as tutors and facilitators of their children's learning tasks -co-creators and co-constructors of the shared responsibility on the pursuit of providing continuous and responsive engagements that nurture love for learning among their children. It is concluded that they need to maintain a communicated parental aspirations and parental efficacy if they intend to function fully as tutors and facilitators of their children's learning engagement in this pandemic. A follow-up webinar series may be organized that will delve into the art of teaching including facilitating learning outcomes. In this manner, parents can assume full engagement on the education of their children as the first webinar series scratched only the surface of the multifaceted teaching and learning.