Oxford researchers drew their conclusions from data collected in the Netherlands, and schools in the western European country were closed for eight weeks at the time of the first shutdown. However, experts believe their findings apply to the UK and elsewhere, writes MTI.
Although distance learning is at a high level, it is Students in lower grades lost a fifth of their average development in the school year. This equates to time spent outside of the classroom. The researchers found that the effect is more severe in underprivileged children.
“Our findings are frightening and are likely to reflect international conditions, as Dutch students are among those with the best distance learning opportunities, yet they have lost an average of 20 percent of their expected development due to school closures,” the university statement said. “. Study authors Per Engzellt, Arun Freyt, and Mark Verhagent.
In other countries, the situation may be worse
Students have made little or no progress in learning from home, and the loss is particularly concentrated among students whose parents were of low education. In their case, the loss is about 50 percent higher than in the others.
Researchers said technological preparedness may not have been sufficient to mitigate the negative effects of the epidemic on schools. Despite the advanced digitization of Dutch schools, the relatively short first shutdown, and the high level of broadband access, student development has apparently decreased significantly. This is also worrying, the researchers write, because many other countries have been less prepared for the challenges of distance learning.
Much depends on the teachers
Although the majority of students’ performance deteriorated during distance learning, some schools experienced little or no decline. “Teachers’ attitudes and smart school management play an important role in mitigating the negative impacts of the epidemic, and there is a need to understand the reasons for these differences, ”Verhagen said.