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posted on 21.07.2021, 05:42 by Anne YatesAnne Yates, Anne StarkeyAnne Starkey
The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 resulted in New Zealand schools closing and teaching moving to online. This paper reports research which investigated senior high school students experience of learning from home during these school closures and anything about the experience that they would like continued in the future. High school students in their final two years of schooling (n=1975) responded to a questionnaire consisting of quantitative and qualitative questions with qualitative data analysed thematically and quantitative data with descriptive statistics. Findings revealed that a variety of learning activities, feedback on learning, positive social interactions and effective use of technology supported students. A lack of motivation and daily structure were the major hinderances. The key experience they would like continued was greater flexibility in their learning. Schools demonstrated varying degrees of readiness for the crisis, but findings showed the need for resilience plans which include policies and practices for student and teacher digital readiness in preparation for future crises which result in emergency online learning.

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Yates, A. & Starkey, L. (n.d.). Were we ready? New Zealand high school students' experiences of online learning during school closures of Covid-19, 2020. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, 25, 20-38. https://doi.org/10.26686/nzaroe.v25.6912

Journal title

The New Zealand Annual Review of Education

Volume

25

Pagination

20-38

Publisher

Victoria University of Wellington Library

Publication status

Published online

Online publication date

20/07/2021

ISSN

1171-3283

eISSN

1178-3311