Initial results of the project: Remote Teaching and Adapting to Social Implications of Coronavirus Epidemic

Overload with information, with decline in mood, yearning for direct contact – this is how schoolyear ends for students, parents and teachers, which has been proven by initial results of recently completed research: „Zdalne nauczanie a adaptacja do warunków społecznych w czasie epidemii koronawirusa” (Remote Teaching and Adapting to Social Implications of Coronavirus Epidemic). The aim of the research was to investigate what students, parents and teachers think about remote teaching, how they adapted, what emotions they experienced and whether they received appropriate support in that matter.

The organizers of the project are: Polish Association for Media Education, Dbam o Mój Zasięg (I care about my coverage) Foundation and Orange Foundation. The research has been conducted under the auspices of the Faculty of Educational Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdańsk and the Faculty of Humanities at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow.

Research was conducted on teachers, students and parents of selected primary and secondary schools across Poland. Deep understanding of each three groups allowed getting the full picture of how all parties coped with remote education.

-Initial results reveal multi-faceted and not entirely negative image. For example, on one hand majority of teachers declare to know more tools and online resources to hold remote classes and better evaluate their preparedness to hold remote classes, on the other hand significant number of them claims their mental state is worse than before the pandemic.   When it comes to students, half of them believe remote classes held by teachers are less appealing than the ones before the pandemic, 60% believe their relationship with class teacher remained on the same level as before the pandemic. We, as researchers, are not surprised by the results because since the beginning schools and teachers have been strongly determined to catch up and prepare for new school reality – states dr hab. Grzegorz Ptaszek, prof. AGH, Chairman of the Polish Association for Media Education, the research supervisor.

Selected initial results were provided in a form of presentation „Zdalna edukacja– gdzie byliśmy, dokąd idziemy?” (Remote education - where we were and where we are heading?)

Full report involving all research results from ‘Remote Teaching and Adapting to Social Implications of Coronavirus Epidemic’ will be presented in August 2020. The collected data will help in preparation of the research report and set of guidelines for teachers, parents and students to implement digital education and formal remote teaching solutions. The outcome of the project will be shared on the internet for free and provided to Polish education building bodies.

Although publishing of the full research report takes place at the beginning of new school term, the analysis of all data is ahead of us, we decided to publish certain significant results right after research conclusion – states dr Maciej Dębski, Chairman of the Dbam o Mój Zasięg Foundation and member of the research team. – Analyses of remote education experiences in recent months will fill out our summer holiday period. We believe that knowledge within our research, including recent reports cited in our publication, will serve to develop premier solutions for education in general, not only its remote form.


Translation: Adam Myzyk

Press Office of University of Gdańsk