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Learning Loss as Seen Through the Decline in Student Lab Skills Due to COVID-19

Learning loss due to COVID-19 in the science classroom extends beyond the academic measurements of standardized assessments. This loss limits students' ability to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world. While schools were closed during the pandemic, students did not have the opportunity to enhance what they learned in the sciences with hands-on and inquiry-based experiences. This loss of experience left students unprepared to thoroughly learn science when they returned to an in-person classroom. The solutions to this loss of laboratory time, including virtual and at-home laboratory activities, did not bridge the gap needed to overcome the learning loss before the students returned to school. Though well-intentioned, the students did not develop the kinesthetic skills necessary to start the subsequent and more advanced laboratory course on their return. Some of these alternative solutions put the student and their family at risk to accidents while exposing the teacher and their districts to a broader range of liabilities. The focus of the science lab is to allow students to develop an understanding of the world around them in a safe and supervised environment. Pandemic-induced school closures hampered our ability to provide students with the experiences they needed to develop the understanding necessary to succeed.

Lab Skills, Learning Loss, Science, Learning, Laboratory

APA Style

Doyle, K. S., Everett, T., Doyle, Y. (2023). Learning Loss as Seen Through the Decline in Student Lab Skills Due to COVID-19. Education Journal, 12(6), 258-261.

ACS Style

Doyle, K. S.; Everett, T.; Doyle, Y. Learning Loss as Seen Through the Decline in Student Lab Skills Due to COVID-19. Educ. J. 2023, 12(6), 258-261. doi: 10.11648/

AMA Style

Doyle KS, Everett T, Doyle Y. Learning Loss as Seen Through the Decline in Student Lab Skills Due to COVID-19. Educ J. 2023;12(6):258-261. doi: 10.11648/

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