Translational research in action: The use of technology to disseminate information to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Laxton, Debra, Cooper, Linda and Younie, Sarah (2021) Translational research in action: The use of technology to disseminate information to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Educational Technology, 52 (4). pp. 1538-1553. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

This paper addresses the research problem of how to reach, engage and support parents in home- educating young children during the first national COVID-19 lockdown in England (March–June 2020), which was addressed through using technology. An internet-mediated research (IMR) approach is used to investigate the effectiveness of using technology and translational research as strategies for disseminating a rapidly produced digital guide, for promoting play- based learning at home, to parents. Lockdown with the closure of early years provision led to parents find-ing themselves isolated at home with young children. Early years educators were managing a unique set of circumstances where communication with families, including those ‘harder-to-reach’ was contextually problematic. Qualitative data using IMR captured on-line interactions by unobtrusive and obtrusive meth-ods; unsolicited emails and social media comments and questionnaire responses. Conventional content analysis identified emerging themes of access, avail-ability, reliability and readability. Analysis showed a combination of factors impacted on the speed and scale of sharing and downloading the digital guide.

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Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ © 2021 The Authors. British Journal of Educational Technology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Educational Research Association
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Childhood
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Depositing User: Debra Laxton
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2022 14:38
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2022 14:38
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6275

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