Parents Taking on the Teachers’ Roles in Online Learning: A Case Study

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Darman Fauzan Dhahir
Mukhlis Amin
Nfn Herman
Nfn Bahrawi
Yayat Dendy Hadiyat
Nfn Tasmil
Nur Alam
Emilsyah Nur


The Covid-19 pandemic forces education stakeholders to implement the online learning policy. They face challenges in Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STM) educations that are the most difficult subjects. Responding to the policy, parents may take on the role of teachers. This study explores the experiences of parents that take on the role of teachers, particularly in STM. The study uses a descriptive qualitative approach. Data obtained by interviewing several parents of students who were selected by convenience sampling method. Data were analyzed using Miles & Huberman’s interactive model regarding the grounded theory for concluding. It found that parents take the teacher's role as the resource provider, the supporter & learning facilitator, the mentor, and the personal model. Challenges were both technical and non-technical forms. Some of them do not master the subject matter of their children, making it difficult to provide support and take the role of a teacher. Some of them took the place of their children to work on assignments from school. Some others simply provide scaffolding to their children. Some of them use the internet to understand the subject matters or find answers, but some others could not.  This has implications on how parents should be prepared in implementing distance learning policies, especially in STM fields of study.   


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Dhahir, D. F., Amin, M., Herman, N., Bahrawi, N., Hadiyat, Y. D., Tasmil, N., Alam, N., & Nur, E. (2021). Parents Taking on the Teachers’ Roles in Online Learning: A Case Study. Jurnal Pekommas, 6(2), 41–48.
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Darman Fauzan Dhahir, Balai Besar Pengembangan SDM dan Penelitian Komunikasi dan Informatika Makassar

Darman Fauzan Dhahir is a researcher at the Research and Development of Human Resources of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics of Indonesia. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from STIE Budi Utomo Manado and a master’s degree in Communication Science from the University of Hasanuddin in Makassar, Indonesia. His current field placement is with the BBPSDMP Kominfo (Center for human resources development and research of communication and informatics ) Makassar. He is interested in applied communication e.g. journalism, public relation, library, education, development, environment, health, faith, religion, media law, business, and linguistic.


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