New Study: How Teens Navigate School During COVID-19

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on June 28, 2022

In this Spotlight Exclusive, Colleen McClain, a researcher at the Pew Research Center, discusses a new study on how teens have navigated school during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study finds that the experience – and teens’ feelings about it – differed drastically according to their demographic group, with Black and Hispanic teenagers reporting more difficulty, along with lower-income families. One of the study’s findings is that teens favor in-person over virtual or hybrid learning, and that more teens that are identified as low income are more likely to want to return in person because they feel they have fallen behind academically and lack access to digital resources. In fact, about a quarter of teens and 44% of parents say that they’re at least very worried that they or their child have fallen behind. McClain said that additional research is underway to examine a range of teens’ experiences with technology and social media.

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