Socializing with Online Education During the Pandemic: An Example of Gypsy Dance

Kara Erol H.

d International Conference on Educational Technology and Online Learning, Balıkesir, Turkey, 23 - 26 June 2022, pp.54-60

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Balıkesir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.54-60
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected individuals physically, psychologically, and spiritually. In particular, the length of the social isolation process due to the risk of disease transmission has hampered individuals' socialization. Individuals, who have started to spend a large part of their time at home, have entered into new searches to socialize through digital tools and the internet. In addition, significant decreases have occurred in the level of movement of individuals due to social isolation. In this context, the study was carried out for six months between 06.12.2020-06.06.2021, which includes the social isolation process, to positively affect the participants' socialization and mobility. The study, which was carried out through online training via Zoom, consisted of 27 sessions. In these sessions, both the participants were introduced to the gypsy culture, a culture they had not experienced before. The participants were socialized and moved with the choreographies for the gypsy dance created by the researcher. The study was designed with phenomenology, one of the qualitative research methods. The study group of the research consists of 7 active working women aged 45-55 who were selected voluntarily. In the study, videos recorded during the online training and a semi-structured interview form developed by the researcher were used as data collection tools. The study was analyzed by content analysis. Based on the study's findings, it was concluded that the participants enjoyed the training very much, their socialization and movement status were affected in a very positive way and their perspectives toward online learning changed. Based on these results, various suggestions were made about online education and socialization