COVID-19 Lockdown Education: The Importance of Structure in a Suddenly Changed Learning Environment

Dirk Lauret, Dury Bayram Jacobs (Corresponding author)

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In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, which resulted in global lockdowns. As a result, education could no longer be provided in its current form and was therefore provided online. This study discusses the consequences of online instruction in secondary education and how students perceived this new way of learning. Specifically, this research focuses on how online education was facilitated, how this differs from regular education and how students and teachers experienced these practices. In this study, qualitative and quantitative data were collected from teachers and students. Our findings revealed that the students were missing a proper structure in the lessons. There was a decline in the understanding and enjoyment by students in all courses. This study also shows that the variety of instructional strategies that the teachers used increased during the lockdown period. However, teachers were lacking in other aspects that define good instruction. Moreover, teacher data demonstrate that the teachers needed guidance from the schoolboard. It is remarkable that the schoolboard plays a key role in improving this situation. This research suggests that if the schoolboard provides guidelines on planning education, teachers could focus more on other aspects of a good instruction.
Originele taal-2Engels
Aantal pagina's21
TijdschriftEducation Sciences
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusGepubliceerd - 6 mei 2021

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In the special Issue "Online and Distance Learning during Lockdown Times: COVID-19 Stories"


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