Research Project: COVID-19 and Education


How can the health crisis be prevented from becoming an educational crisis through the social selectivity of home schooling? The connection between the cultural and material resources of the family background and the learning and school performance of children is well known. The social selectivity of the educational yield increases to the extent that it depends on private support. In the current crisis and due to the closure of schools, a "privatisation" of learning performance is taking place to an unprecedented degree. Within the framework of a WWTF-funded research project, teaching and learning performance as well as support from the home environment are to be surveyed in this special situation with a focus on Vienna. The aim is not only to empirically analyse known structures of disadvantage, but to also use case studies to show potentials and strategies for resilience. What didactic-pedagogical approach to e-learning and home schooling and what kind of support is needed to succeed in counteracting disadvantages?

The planned methodical procedure is triangular and multi-layered: It includes in-depth qualitative telephone interviews with teachers as well as a comprehensive quantitative online survey among teachers of NMS and AHS at secondary level 1 about the teaching and learning situation, successes and difficulties of e-learning as well as general conditions and family support in the course of home schooling. The project will conclude with family case studies with different groups of disadvantaged pupils and their parents. A regression analysis of the online survey as well as an interweaving of the qualitative analyses of surveys among teachers and families allows to draw conclusions on resilience and risk factors and to identify conditions for success.

Link to the online survey