Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 3

The impact of COVID-19 on education in Poland: Challenges related to distance learning

Adam Hibszer, Mariola Tracz

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 3, pp. 397-411 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/GPol.0211

The spread of COVID-19 all over the world triggered major changes in the organization of the education in many countries. Governments have adopted various solutions to reduce the disruption caused to education.This article, which is based on survey research (N=246) conducted among teachers in various types of schools in Poland, provides an analysis of the solutions in the field of distance learning and the organization of learning process during lockdown. The results show that teachers encountered a number of difficulties in distance learning. They concerned, among others: lack of access among certain students to computers, insufficient competences of teachers to teach remotely, work organization, and the fact that students were bored with this learning form. The advantages included, among others: increasing digital competences and developing new forms of assessing students’ knowledge.

Keywords: COVID-19 risk impact, education, e-learning, school, Poland

Adam Hibszer [adam.hibszer@us.edu.pl], Institute of Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Silesia in Katowice Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec: Poland
Mariola Tracz [mtracz-62@o2.pl], Polish Geography Society, Branch in Cracow Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Krakow: Poland