COVID-19 has irrevocably changed education, in Ireland and beyond. Approximately 1.7bn across the globe have had their education impacted and disrupted in the last fourteen months; putting this in context, it is close to the same number of people as lived on the entire planet during the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.
Following a call for papers in October 2020, and an overwhelming response in terms of submissions, Irish Educational Studies is pleased to print the special issue, “COVID-19 and Education: Positioning the pandemic; facing the future”.
The largest-ever issue of the journal, it will feature 30 papers examining a wide range of aspects of the impact of COVID-19 on education internationally. The issues and themes explored include, inter alia, school leadership and governance; technology and the pivot to online and blended forms of learning; schooling at home; calculated grades, alternative examination arrangements and changes to national state assessments; the impact of COVID-19 on higher education; and mental health and wellbeing. Featuring a diverse range of research papers from Ireland, Australia, China, Scotland and the UK, the issue is jointly edited and curated by the IES editorial team.