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Teachers’ Emotional Experience in Online Classes in Adult Education in Selected European Countries

Authors: Andreas Ahrens, Jelena Zascerinska

Abstract:

Emotions are crucial in online classes in adult education. Despite that, little attention was devoted to the emotional experience of being an online teacher in the field of andragogy, and empirical studies on their emotional perspectives continue to be scarce. The paper aims at the analysis of teachers’ emotional experience in online classes in adult education in selected European countries. The research tends to propose implications for the training of teachers who work in online classes in adult education. The survey was conducted in April 2022. In the selected European countries, 78 respondents took part in the study. Among them, 30 respondents represented Germany, 28 respondents - from Greece, and 20 respondents - from Italy. The theoretical findings allow for defining teachers' emotional experiences. The analysis of the elements of the respondents’ emotional experience allows concluding that teachers’ attitude to online classes has to be developed. The key content for teacher training is presented. Directions of further work are proposed.

Keywords: adult education, online classes, teacher emotional experience, teacher training

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