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Teaching during the Corona Pandemic


Project duration: 01.04.2020 - 31.12.2020

Teaching during the Corona Pandemic

The study aimed to gain empirical evidence on teaching during the corona pandemic in Germany. In particular, the study focused on the general conditions and effects as well as the experience of teachers during the corona pandemic.

Project description

The closure of the schools in March 2020 to limit the spread of the coronavirus was an extraordinary measure, never before seen in the school sector. Teachers were suddenly faced with the challenge of reorganizing teaching in these stressful times and of organizing and supervising students' learning processes from a distance.

The study examines how teachers of all school types perceived the phase of school closures and associated challenges and how teaching is or has been digitally supported during the time of the corona pandemic. The experiences of teachers can be seen as a key component for educational administration, politics and the public, as they not only provide information about the phase of teaching during the corona pandemic, but also enable appreciation of what schools have accomplished. In addition, the experience teachers have gained so far can be used for the further planning and framework conditions of teaching and learning in school contexts.

An online survey of more than 3.600 teachers from all schools types in Germany was used to gather essential information. The study provides empirical findings on teaching during the corona pandemic, the general conditions and effects, and the teachers' experience during the corona pandemic. It thus provides a comprehensive insight into how schools deal with the exceptional situation of the pandemic.

Further information

Report I "Teaching"

Report II „Teachers‘ well-being“

Lead researcher at IFS

Foto von Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 232
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5512

Project management

Foto von PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 237
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7969

Project team

Foto von Thomas Brüggemann Thomas Brüggemann,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 202
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5599

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  • Eigenmittel Professur McElvany

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