A team of researchers (Dr. Garbe, Dr. Ogurlu, Dr. Logan, Dr. Cook) at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point examined educational situations at home after COVID closure. They surveyed parents to find out their struggles with remote learning. This research was one of the first studies on the immediate impact of COVID on education; research on COVID is mostly in the health field.
After the school closures, parents took the responsibility of teaching their kids at home. According to the study results, most of the parents strongly supported the school closure and were generally satisfied with the level of support provided by school districts, whilst describing some areas of struggle.
Parents stated that they were having difficulties with balancing responsibilities. The concern for various responsibilities competing for the limited resources of time and energy was frequently expressed by respondents. Specific concerns included struggle to balance parent employment demands and learner needs, struggle assisting multiple children in the home with learning, and lack of personal balance. Parents also cited lack of learner motivation specifically related to remote learning as another struggle. Finally, parents mentioned a concern for quality or quantity of the content of remote curriculum, adequate academic progress for their kids, and the socio-emotional development of their child/ren during COVID closures.
The UWSP research team is currently working on teachers’ struggles with remote learning, and will report its findings.
For more, here is the full research:
Dr. Uzeyir Ogurlu
WATG Board Member