Literature review

The impact of ‘learning at home’ on the educational outcomes of vulnerable children in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemics Home schooling Infectious diseases Educational evaluation Students Disease management Student welfare Vulnerable children Australia

This summary literature review combines research on technology and learning, online learning and distance learning with very recent analysis of the educational impacts of COVID-19. Globally, while some countries have opted for a mass school shut-down, many schools remain open for more vulnerable students. This “partial closure” is not only to enable learning in smaller targeted groups but also to offer a “safe” sanctuary for those who desperately need a regulated and secure environment including the provision of “free” hot food and also, company.

In summary, currently within Australia if there were mass school closures there is potential for around four million students to be affected.


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