Volume : 7, Issue : 10, OCT 2021

THE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM LEARNERS IN MODULAR DISTANCE EDUCATION

MARILYN M. MIRANDA, ED. D., LOLITA R. MANANQUIL, JEAN EXCEL C. TAN, RHEYNE MAE JUNE R. OPADA, JILL EVE S. LUGA, KRISTY C. GUEVARRA

Abstract

This paper discusses the effects of modular distance learning on social-emotional development and physical well-being of Alternative Learning Systems learners through a qualitative and descriptive approach in a form of written or oral words of learners and behavior that can be observed as the research method. The presentation of data and analysis has identified that the effects of enforced isolation and modular distance learning include poor learning environment, financial problems, mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety as well as physical concerns such as headaches, eye strain, compromised physical health which can have long-lasting effects to learners’ social-emotional development. Severe outcomes such as family violence due to poverty, mental illness in the family and they entertain the idea of concession. Sometimes they experience lack of focus and motivation and they bring-up the idea of giving up. The study also offers some solutions on ways to mitigate the effects of enforced isolation and modular distance learning on social-emotional development of ALS learners. Maintaining children’s physical well-being during the lockdown are also offered as part of the solutions. We hope by sharing this information with educators, they can fully understand the environment learners are faced with when switching to distance learning. We hope the results of this study can also allow teachers to be more lenient to parents and learners.

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SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, LEARNER’S PHYSICAL HEALTH, LEARNER’S MENTAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF ENFORCED ISOLATION MODULAR DISTANCE LEARNING, COVID19’S EFFECTS ON CHILDREN.

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