The Australian Government commissioned five pieces of research to examine the potential impact of remote learning from home on educational outcomes for vulnerable cohorts of children, including barriers to access and evidence-based actions to respond. The research was published on the Department’s website earlier this week and can be viewed from the links below –
- Professor Natalie Brown – The Peter Underwood Centre
- Professor Geoff Masters – ACER
- Professor Janet Clinton – Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
- Professor Stephen Lamb – Centre for International Research on Education Systems
- Professor Sarah O’Shea National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Media coverage of the report suggest that online learning during the COVID-19 period “could squander weeks of education for Australian children, with the students in greatest need facing the most risk of harm”.
The five reports, concluded this month and made public by the federal government on Monday afternoon, are clearly going to feed into the public debate about when and how on-site face to face classes should resume.
For Christian schools who have focussed a lot of resources on ensuring the delivery of a high quality Christian education through remote learning they provide a resource to ensure that potential weaknesses have been addressed.