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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology
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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