A school’s management of students with intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 epidemic in Japan: a study based on interviews with teachers

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J Intellect Disable. 12 Apr 2022: 17446295221082731. doi: 10.1177/17446295221082731. Online ahead of print.


This study aimed to elucidate how school employees caring for students with intellectual disabilities handled emergencies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He witnessed the decision-making by school principals as well as the engagement of local teachers in the process of resolving the results. A total of 10 teachers in different positions were deliberately selected from a school for students with intellectual disabilities in Osaka, Japan, and interviews were conducted with them. Going through Zoom. The thematic analysis identified six important premises: meaning-making, emergency-responsive organization, high morale, planning through prioritization, risk management, and recovery from adverse incidents. The results suggest distributed leadership functions to successfully maintain safety in educational practices. In addition, the empirical study consisting of interviews with staff in several positions reveals that all the proactive participation of staff in the decision-making and communication process has enabled the school to face the pandemic crisis as a as a united organization.

PMID:35414275 | DO I:10.1177/17446295221082731

Jeremy S. McLain