Abstract—The present study takes as a starting point the
COVID-19 lockdown to which Portuguese and Brazilian schools
were confined during 2020, to trace the scenario regarding the
training needs of secondary education teachers in terms of
digital skills. The research questions seek, firstly, to understand
how the transition from face-to-face environments to digital
environments was carried out in those countries and, secondly,
to assess how to improve digital skills in education when
considering a post-pandemic future. The results, obtained from
responses by 300 teachers to a questionnaire survey, are in line
with the conclusions of the intense research that has been
conducted in this area: the COVID-19 pandemic has made
teachers’ digital training more urgent, and has highlighted the
importance of integrating digital environments in education,
both as a strategy for the continuity and sustainability of
education itself, and as a fluid space that allows the
development of practices that enhance quality learning. The
analysis also allows us to perceive the differences and
similarities in terms of education between two countries that
share the same language and have historical proximity, but
different socioeconomic indices.
Index Terms—Improving classroom teaching, media in education, pedagogical issues, Secondary education, teacher professional development.
Sara Dias-Trindade is with Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20) and the Department of History, Political and International Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal.
Susana Henriques is with Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa / Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES - Iscte) and Universidade Aberta (UAb), Portugal (e-mail: Susana.Henriques@uab.pt).
Joana Duarte Correia is with Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa / Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES - Iscte) and Iscte Soft Skills Lab, Portugal (e-mail: Joana_Telma_Correia@iscte-iul.pt).
Cite: Sara Dias-Trindade*, Susana Henriques, and Joana Duarte Correia, "Teaching during the Pandemic: An Exploratory Study in Portuguese and Brazilian Secondary Education Teachers," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 344-354, 2023.Copyright © 2023 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).