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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.


Own funds Professor McElvany

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.

Schwarzer Schriftzug Corona Lehrkräftebefragung mit grünen U.

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.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz

Project team

  • Thomas 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.