According to a study by Valencia’s Polytechnic University on the perception of Spanish families of the online teaching that their children are receiving, a majority evaluate the effort and involvement of the teachers very positively.
Researchers from the Gandia campus of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV) are conducting a study to learn the perception of Spanish families on the online lessons their children are receiving. The study focuses exclusively on the primary and secondary education stages, and one conclusion stands out from the preliminary results: Spanish families evaluate the effort and involvement of teachers very positively. Almost six in ten people polled give them an A or a B – and 23% give them an E.
The survey was sent out in late April and a total 2270 mothers and fathers across Spain have taken part. From the results it can be surmised that, taking into account the current circumstances, families are generally satisfied with the methodologies and teaching that their children are receiving: three in four are satisfied or highly satisfied. However, one in four believe there is much room for improvement.
Furthermore, in general, the tutors are very highly regarded, although those from primary education do receive better grades than those from secondary education. In this phase, people polled see a lack of coordination when sending works or managing the load of their pupils.
Working less than before
More than half the people polled – 58.6% to be precise – say that during the confinement their children are working on school issues (classes and homework) less than before. And, by hours, the study offers these results: 19% of students spend between one and two hours a day on average on these matters, 43% between two and four hours, and 24% from four to six hours. And many of them – 44% – need explanations to know what they have to do.
Equipment and connection at home
The study also addresses the availability of equipment – computers, tablets and smartphones – to follow the classes and complete the homework assigned by the centres. And it concludes that 93% of people polled have more than one computer or tablet. Regarding the connection, 35% say the one they have “is good, but slow if we are all connected”, and 57% has no problem when browsing the net, regardless of the number of people who do so.
On the teaching centres
The preliminary results of this study also show that a majority of centres – 53% – did not have an online teaching system before the pandemic; and 17.5% had it, but hardly used it. Furthermore, differences were revealed between public, semi-private and private centres, the latter of which are the highest rated. The answers reveal that private centres interact much more with students, pay attention to them, work longer hours and students interact more with each other in virtual classrooms
The study has been conducted by Marga Cabrera, Rebeca Díez and Alberto López, from the Department of Audiovisual Communication, Documentation and History of Art from the Gandia campus of the UPV.