Teaching from a distance - math lessons during COVID-19 in Germany and Spain

  • In 2020, Germany and Spain experienced lockdowns of their school systems. This resulted in a new challenge for learners and teachers: lessons moved from the classroom to the children’s homes. Therefore, teachers had to set rules, implement procedures and make didactical–methodical decisions regarding how to handle this new situation. In this paper, we focus on the roles of mathematics teachers in Germany and Spain. The article first describes how mathematics lessons were conducted using distance learning. Second, problems encountered throughout this process were examined. Third, teachers drew conclusions from their mathematics teaching experiences during distance learning. To address these research interests, a questionnaire was answered by N = 248 teachers (N1 = 171 German teachers; N2 = 77 Spanish teachers). Resulting from a mixed methods approach, differences between the countries can be observed, e.g., German teachers conducted more lessons asynchronously. In contrast, Spanish teachers used synchronous teaching more frequently, but still regard the lack of personal contact as a main challenge. Finally, for both countries, the digitization of mathematics lessons seems to have been normalized by the pandemic.

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Author:Simon Barlovits, Simone JablonskiORCiDGND, Claudia Lázaro, Matthias LudwigORCiDGND, Tomas Recio
Parent Title (English):Education sciences
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/08/05
Date of first Publication:2021/08/05
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/09/28
Tag:COVID-19 pandemic; digitization; distance learning; mathematics education; synchronous teaching
Issue:8, art. 406
Page Number:17
First Page:1
Last Page:17
Institutes:Informatik und Mathematik
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 51 Mathematik / 510 Mathematik
Open-Access-Publikationsfonds:Informatik und Mathematik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0