Croatian Pupils' Perspectives on Remote Teaching and Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Zrinka Ristić Dedić, Boris Jokić

Abstract


On March 16th 2020, the Croatian government mandated a
nationwide closure of schools and introduced remote
teaching and learning in response to the COVID-19
pandemic. The present study explores the perspectives of
pupils in the 7th grade of elementary education regarding
this period of remote teaching and learning. The study aims
to examine the level and determinants of pupils' satisfaction
with newly implemented practices and to explore their
perception of remote teaching and learning in comparison to
classroom practices. An online survey was conducted with
920 pupils from 23 elementary schools in Zagreb between
May 25th and June 6th 2020. The results indicate average
satisfaction levels and a weak ability of the model to predict
pupils' satisfaction based on a set of individual pupil
characteristics. Pupils' interest in using digital devices and
fathers' educational status were the only significant predictors
of satisfaction. On average, pupils perceived remote teaching
and learning as unfavourable in terms of quality, task load
and effort in comparison to classroom practices. There was,
however, a small cluster of pupils (15%) who associated
remote teaching and learning with higher-quality practices.


Keywords


comparison of classroom and remote teaching and learning, pupils' satisfaction with remote teaching and learning, education during the COVID-19 pandemic, lower secondary education

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