The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Educational Communities: Evidence of Early Childhood Education Students

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Apr 13;19(8):4707. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19084707.


In the last two years, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools and its consequences for the training of new teachers have been the subject of numerous studies. The pandemic has led to a change in schools and their functioning, as trainee teachers have had to be introduced to a new environment for which university training proved to be insufficient. The pandemic poses shared challenges in which future teachers must be present. The objective of this study is to assess the perception of students enrolled in Early Childhood Education courses at the University of Extremadura (Spain) regarding the impact relationships between the subjects and agents of the educational communities. In order to achieve this goal, we present a qualitative study with a phenomenological design. The results of this research show perceptions in line with what the scientific literature shows: a profound change in the relationships between the different agents. Communication increased, but pedagogical issues were displaced by concerns about the health emergency. This study concludes with the need to broaden the knowledge of future teachers about the administrative functioning of and their relationship with the school, as well as about new resources to address new challenges.

Keywords: COVID-19; educational community; health education; perception; school; teachers.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Educational Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Schools
  • Students