David Marshall, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has recently published a new book entitled COVID-19 and the Classroom: How Schools Navigated the Great Disruption. Published by Lexington Books an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, the book explores the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on K-12 schools.
“This book represents one of the first to be published sharing social science research on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on K-12 education,” Marshall said. “It also serves as a history book of sorts, documenting what this time was like for those involved in schools.”
The book is split into three sections. The first section explores how teachers, school leaders, and parents experienced schooling during the pandemic. The second part details how schools reopened, both in the United States and internationally. It also takes a look at how private schools navigated the crisis and explores pandemic pods and other alternative schooling modalities. The third and final section examines how teacher preparation programs pivoted during COVID-19.
In addition to his introduction, Marshall penned five additional chapters. One of those chapters was co-authored by David Shannon, Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology. Two chapters are co-authored by current Educational Psychology Ph.D. students, Natalie Neugebauer and Deja Trammell. Two recent Auburn University College of Education graduates, Sarah Woods, Ph.D. and Parinita Shetty, M.Ed. also contributed to the book.
Tom Smith, University Professor of Special Education and former dean at the University of Arkansas, said the following in his review, “The most important aspect of the book is that it provides many lessons learned that will help all educators and parents deal with future pandemics.”
Congratulations Dr. Marshall!