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Project duration 20.01.2021 - 30.04.2021

Teaching during the Corona pandemic 2021

The study aims to gain empirical insights into teaching during the Corona pandemic in Germany. In particular, the focus was on the general conditions and effects as well as the teachers' experience of the Corona crisis.


Own funds Professor McElvany

Project description

For the second time since March 2020, schools in Germany and many other countries are closed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Teachers are once again faced with the challenge of rearranging lessons during these stressful times, and of designing and supervising the learning processes of children and adolescents from a distance.

Schwarzer Schriftzug Corona Lehrkräftebefragung mit grünen U.

This study examines how teachers from all types of schools in the second lockdown felt about the period of school closures and associated challenges, and how instruction is or has been digitally supported during times of the Corona pandemic. Teachers' experiences can be considered a key building block for education administrators, policymakers, and the public, as they not only inform about the phase of teaching in the wake of the Corona pandemic, but at the same time enable appreciation for what schools have accomplished. In addition, teachers' experiences to date can be used to guide further planning and frameworks for teaching and learning in school contexts.

The study aims to reveal empirical findings about teaching during the second lockdown in the Corona pandemic, the general conditions and effects, as well as about teachers' experiences in the course of the Corona crisis, in order to provide a comprehensive insight into how school stakeholders dealt with the extraordinary situation of the pandemic.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project team

  • Dr. Thomas Ulrich Brüggemann

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.