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Corona and the consequences for schools: launch of a large-scale study

July 8th, 2020
Corona and the consequences for schools: launch of a large-scale study

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Continuity and change in schools in times of crisis

Regular schooling was discontinued in all federal states in March 2020 as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. The closure of the schools and the associated changeover to teaching and learning from home, but also the resumption of school operations after a break of several weeks, are placing a great deal of strain on the schools in many respects. Schools had to and must find viable solutions to cope with the exceptional situations. However, dealing with the situation also offers the opportunity for innovations and using the experience gained from the crisis for long-term development of schools and teaching.


In cooperation with the University of Hamburg and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), the IPN is currently launching the study Continuity and Change in Schools in Times of Crisis - KWiK. This study is intended to accompany and support schools in the change process long-term. To this end, approaches to solutions in school practice are to be surveyed and scientifically analyzed over several measurement periods. The scientific findings will be reported back to the participating schools to support them in their development work.

The individual questions are focused on the following:

  • What measures have been and are being taken in schools to ensure that the health of all those involved is protected?
  • What are the consequences of health protection measures for the design of lessons and schools on the one hand and for the well-being of all those involved on the other?
  • How do schools design teaching and learning to meet a student body with highly diverse educational prerequisites and needs?

 

The study will include participation from headmasters of roughly 350 elementary schools. Roughly 650 secondary level I schools will be interviewed in seven federal states and report on the approaches their schools have chosen in times of the COVID 19 pandemic. In a further step, the study will then be extended to teachers and, if necessary, to students and their parents. The surveys of headmasters and teachers will be conducted online.


The KWiK study is a joint project of the IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller), the University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ingrid Gogolin) and the IEA - International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (Dr. Dirk Hastedt).