Department of Education Research Blog
Opinions and commentary on educational issues and concerns
Although children’s education is often associated with what happens in schools, learning is not limited to a location. The learner-teacher relationship is fundamental in most modern theories of learning, putting parents in a strong position. As parents, you taught your child many things before they even started school and, amongst the problems of Covid-19, there are many positives to be found in home learning.
Just like thousands of teachers across the globe, over the past week I embarked on an online teaching crash course. I teach 73 first year undergraduates, and my unit, ironically, looking at it now, is underpinned by students not being allowed laptops in the classroom. In a few days, I had to take a course designed to feature no laptops and transform it into a 100% laptop-based module.
With children being kept at home because of the Coronavirus, one thing that hasn’t been talked about much is how to support children with special needs or special educational needs at home. Often, these children will have specialist teaching support and technologies at school that need to be substituted at home.